Saturday, December 13, 2008

2008 Chennai Music Festival Concerts

I will be performing at the following venues during the 2008 Chennai Music Festival.
  • December 27th, 6PM - Sankara Nethralaya Center - Jugalbandhi concert with Sriram Krishnan (Violin), Snehashish Mozumder (Mandolin), V. Rajasekar (Mridangam), and Subrata Bhattacharya (Tabla).
I will be joining my father Prof. T. N. Krishnan, and sister Viji Krishnan Natarajan at the following programs:
  • December 10th, 4:30PM - Karthik Fine Arts (Narada Gana Sabha Hall)
  • December 22nd, 6:30PM - Parthasarathy Swamy Sabha (Vidhya Bharathi, Mylapore)
  • December 23rd, 6:00PM - Mylapore Fine Arts (Mylapore)
  • December 25th, 9:15AM - Music Academy (Main Hall)
  • December 28th, 6:30PM - Nada Inbam (Mylapore)
  • December 29th, 7:30PM - Indian Fine Arts Society (Balamandir German Hall, T. Nagar)
  • January 1st, 2009 9:30AM - Mudhra (Ramakrishna Mission School, 71 Bazullah Rd. T.Nagar)
  • January 4th, 2009 6:00PM - Rasika Ranjani Sabha (Narada Gana Sabha Hall)
My sister Viji and I will also be performing a Violin duet on January 8th, 2009 at Nadopasana in Mylapore. The veteran vidwans, Mannargudi Easwaran and Vaikom Gopalakrishnan will join us on Mridangam and Ghatam.

I wish all the musicians and music lovers in Chennai, a wonderful music festival.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Music from the Jugalbandhi tour

I finally found time to upload some music clips from this summer's Jugalbandhi tour.

From 2008-jugalbandhi-tour

The following tracks are from the concert that Snehashish Mozumder (Mandolin), Subrata Bhattacharya (Tabla), Rohan Krishnamurthy (Mridangam) and I performed in Dallas TX on August 24th, 2008.

And the tracks can also be downloaded from the following links:

The other artists and I had a wonderful time at the Dallas concert. It was only the second time that the four of us had played together, but the audience and atmosphere made that evening truly special. Our special thanks go to Suresh Dalapathy and the rest of the SN-OM folks in Dallas who took such care in organizing the program.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Jugalbandhi Concert in San Jose Bay Area - Sep 28, 2008

The Sankara Nethralaya Jugalbandhi concert in the San Jose Bay Area is being held on Sunday September 28th, at 3.00 PM, at the Jain Temple, 722 S. Main St. Milpitas, CA 95035 (map). Tickets are available through or at the auditorium.

For further information please contact Varsha Upadhye (925.339.8090); or Yogen Upadhye (925.640.8654).

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Jugalbandhi Concert Tour for Sankara Nethralaya

As some of you may know, last year my father and I performed a series of benefit concerts for Sankara Nethralaya in various cities in the US, to raise awareness and funds for the wonderful work that SN has been doing. The concerts were a wonderful way for rasikas of Carnatic Music to support a noble cause and at the same time enjoy their favorite music. My father and I were really moved by the affection and support we received from our rasikas at all of those programs.

This year, Sankara Nethralaya have invited me to perform a series of Carnatic/Hindustani Jugalbandhi concerts with Snehashish Mozumder who plays Hindustani Mandolin. We will be accompanied by V. Rajasekar on Mridangam and Subrata Bhattacharya on Tabla. We are scheduled to perform in ten cities across the US in August and September. The dates and venues are listed below:
  • August 23, 2008 Houston, TX
    Durga Bari Temple Auditorium, 13944 Schiller Road, Houston, TX 77082
  • August 24, 2008 Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
    The Allen Public Library Civic Auditorium, 300, N. Allen Drive, Allen, Texas 75013
  • August 30, 2008 Atlanta, GA
  • August 31, 2008 St. Louis, MO
  • September 13, 2008 Boston, MA
  • September 14, 2008 Bridgewater, NJ
  • September 20, 2008 Washington DC
  • September 21, 2008 Baltimore, MD
  • September 27, 2008 Seattle, WA
  • September 28, 2008 San Francisco Bay Area, CA
You can get more details and contact info from the Sankara Nethralaya site.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer Centenary Podcast

We've published a new episode of the Sampradaya podcast from the T. N. Krishnan Foundation, commemorating the birth centenary of the great master of Carnatic music - Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer.

Click play above to listen to the podcast, or go to the show page to download the mp3 audio.
It was a privilege to work on the production of this show - Semmangudi thaatha was such an inspiration for me and so many other young musicians. And, it was great to get my father, Prof. T. N. Krishnan, and vidwan Palai Ramchandran together to reminisce and share the memories of their illustrious guru on tape.


Hope you enjoy the show, and join me and other rasikas all around the world in celebrating the life and music of the great sangeetha pitamaha.

Monday, June 16, 2008

A short film about my grandfather

Back in December of 2007, I worked on a short film titled "Portrait of a Guru", about my grandfather, Vidwan A. Narayana Iyer. It's a 9 minute long retrospective with my father, my aunt, Dr. N. Rajam, and all the grandchildren and great-grandchildren talking about our memories of thaatha.

Just imagine, training three generations of musicians from the ages of four or five. He envisioned and implemented a teaching schedule for each one of us, based on our talents and personalities. He deserved an award just for that.

If you don't see a video player, visit this page.

This film was the result of the work of a number of people including my cousins Sangeetha Shankar and Kala Ramnath. It aired at the Parampara function which was held in Chennai.

The background music in the very beginning of the video is a rare recording of Narayana Iyer thaatha playing raaga khamas. It was discovered by my cousin Sangeetha while researching her doctoral thesis.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

LA live concert mp3 tracks

The energy and atmosphere of a live concert is hard to capture in recordings. The rapport between the musicians, the acoustics of the concert venue, and the response from the audience have a greater impact than just the sum of the parts. However, it's still fun to share these recordings and reach out to the many rasikas out there.

I've added some mp3 music tracks from a solo violin performance I gave in Los Angeles last year. You can listen to them online at, or if you prefer you can download them to your iPod or other mp3 device, using the following links:
This performance was organized by the venerable South Indian Music Academy in Los Angeles. Nirmal Narayan, a talented young mridangam vidwan from LA, accompanied me for this program. I hope you enjoy the tracks.

Sunday, June 1, 2008


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