Carnatica brothers, Sri Shashikiran & Sri Ganesh are the grandsons of the legendary Gottuvadyam Narayana Iyengar. Entering the Carnatic music world at the age of two as child prodigies, the duo has since emerged as front-ranking musicians. They have performed extensively in India and in USA, UK,Canada, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and UAE. They have a vast experience of over 4500 concerts, lecture demonstrations, jugalbandhis and fusion concerts. They have garnered critical acclaim and popularity with their emotive style of singing and their strict adherence to classicism. On September 9th and 10th 2006, Shashikiran and Ganesh performed a marathon 24-hour concert without a break in dedication to all those who lost their lives in the various natural calamities and terrorist strikes and to ark World Peace Day. Over the years, they have been accompanied by senior musicians including Sangita Kalanidhi Umayalapuram Sivaraman, Sangita Kalanidhi T.K.Murthy, Sangita Kalanidhi Vellore Ramabhadran, Guruvayur Dorai, Mannargudi Easwaran , Thiruvarur Vaidhyanathan, Srimushnam Raja Rao, K.V.Prasad, Trichur Narendran and Kamalakar Rao on the mridangam and M.S. Anantharaman,Nagai Muralidharan, M.A.Sundareswaran and V.V.Ravi on the violin. In January 2011, Sri Shashikiran won the Kalaimamani Award awarded by the TamilNadu Government.Deepa Sastry, a carnatic classical violinist from Bangalore who is currently in the United States, started learning carnatic vocal and violin at a very early age and has been playing violin for about 15 years. She started learning violin with Vidhushi Savithri Sriniv as in Bangalore and then continued with Late Vidvan Sri S V Ananth. Deepa is now a disciple of Vidwan Mysore H K Narasimha Murthy and Vidwan Bangalore H S Sudhindra. She has performed for various senior and upcoming artists in India and US and has been performing in the Chennai Music season for the past 7 years. Some of the senior artists she has accompanied and performed with are Bangalore S Shankar, D V Nagarajan, Anoor Anantakrishna Sharma,Sukanya Ramagopal, Carnatica Brothers, to name a few. Some notable highlights of her performance include playing in the violin symphony directed by A Kanyakumari, accompanying Sukanya Ramagopal in Stree Tala Tarang, a special Ghata Tarang troupe formed by her, performing in a special program on Muttiah Bhagavatar’s compositions for AIR, Bangalore and performing in a special series of concerts on “Dasar compositons” conducted by Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam. She has won many awards including the Bangalore Ananya Nada Jyothi award, the Karnataka Yuva Pratibhe award and the Best Junior Violinist award from the Indian fine arts Society, Chennai. Deepa is a graded artist from All India Radio, Bangalore. She has an M.Com from Annamalai University.
    Sri Prakash Rao
    received his early instruction in mridangam from Sri K. Sudarshana Acharyulu of the Kolanka Venkata Rajulu Paddati of mridangam in Hyderabad. Since 1982, Prakash has had the privilege of being the disciple of the greatest exponent of “Sarvalaghu”, Sangita Kalanidhi Vellore G. Ramabhadran. He is one of Sri Ramabhadran’s most senior disciples and torch-bearer of his unique accompaniment style. He has also received advanced instruction from Kanjira V. Nagarajan, and from Sri Palghat T. R. Rajamani, son of he illustrious Palghat Mani Iyer. Prakash has accompanied many well known artists, both visiting and local, such as Sangita Kalanidhi B. Rajam Iyer, Padma Bhushan Lalgudi G. Jayaraman, Sangita Kalanidhi T. K. Govinda Rao, Padmashree T. N. Seshagopalan, Sangita Kalanidhi T. Muktha, Charumathi Ramachandran, Trichur Ramachandran, O. S. Thiagarajan, Neyveli Santanagopalan, Lalgudi Srimathi
    Brahmanandam, Chitraveena N. Ravikiran, Carnatica Brothers, Lalgudi GJR Krishnan and Lalgudi
    Vijayalakshmi, Veena Jayanthi Kumaresh, Bhushani Kalyanaraman, and Madurai Sundar. Prakash has
    participated in over 1000 programs including concerts, musical ensembles and Bharatanatyam and
    Kuchipudi dance recitals. Along with his vainika/gayaka/flutist wife Dr. Bhavani Prakash, he conducts
    workshops and lecture/demonstrations to propagate this ancient and wonderful musical form. Several of his students have won prizes in competitions in CMANA and Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana, and are
    performing in concerts in the tri-state region. Prakash is a management consultant by profession.

    Reference Link : http://www.arshavidya.org/siteresource/site_104886/customize/image/file/2011musicmay.pdf

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