SRIKANTH GOPALAKRISHNAN – Vocalist
Srikanth Gopalakrishnan is a versatile vocalist from Chennai. He is the son and disciple of the veteran Smt. Leelavathy Gopalakrishnan. He had his advanced training from Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sri T M Thyagarajan and later from Sangeetha Choodamani Sri O S Thyagarajan. He is an A Graded artist of the AIR Chennai and holds a masters degree in Indian Music, apart from holding an Engineering degree in Computer Science. He has been awarded titles like Sangeetha Kala Sarathy, Gaana Kalaa bhaaskara etc. He is a research scholar, done extensive work on the Haridaasa Movement of Karnataka. He has worked with several dance Gurus like Dr. Padma Subramaniam, Smt.Chitra Vishweshwaran, Prof. Sudharani Raghupathy, Adyar Shri Lakshman, Ms Leela Samson, Prof. C V. Chandrashekhar, Ms. Priyadarsini Govind, Madurai Shri Muralidharan, Smt Divyasena etc and has composed several dance dramas. He has released many CD’s and cassettes from different esteemed companies. He runs a School of Music where more than 200 students are imparted training in Carnatic music
N. K. KESAVAN – Mridangam, Pakhwaj, Chenda, Kanjira
One of the most respected and popular mridangam accompanists for dance, Kesavan’s brilliant innovations make him stand out as a very creative artist in his own right. He has played with the likes of the great Pandit Ravi Shankar, legendary film music directors Ilayaraja and A. R. Rahman.
He frequently composes percussion sequences for dancers, and is the brain behind an unusual composition for dance called “Talking Drums”, in which he played 12 different percussive instruments. He has traveled the world over with many reputed dance companies of India.
B. MUTHUKUMAR – Flute
Hailing from a gifted family whose musical lineage goes back to several generations, Muthukumar is a highly talented flautist with an excellent reputation as one of Chennai’s best young musicians.
He has trained under the renowned artist Dr. N. Ramani, and is a recognized performer on Indian Radio and Television. He is also a successful accompanist for both musicians and dancers, and a dedicated teacher. He has an MA in music from University of Tamil Nadu apart from being an accounting major.