Geethanjali – Violin Recital

Greentown Indian Cultural Society of Ipoh recently presented “Geethanjali” which means something like “an offering of devotional songs”, in the form of a violin recital by Kuala Lumpur-based violinist, S.Sriram. He was accompanied by two percussionists, Darmenthiran Krisnasamy on the miruthangam and Karthik Krishnasamy on the ghatham.

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S.Sriram on violin

Sriram is an engineer by profession and plays the violin as a hobby. He used to perform as one half of a duo, with his brother, who is now a medical doctor. Since his maiden performance (arangetram) at the age of 14, Sriram, who dedicates his music to God, his Gurus and parents, has accompanied numerous artistes in dance and vocal performances both locally and abroad.

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Darmenthiran Krisnasamy on miruthangam

Darmenthiran Krisnasamy started learning the miruthangam at the tender age of four, under the tutelage of his father and uncle, who were well-known musicians in the Indian musical circle. This direct disciple of Guru Sri Karaikudi has performed in many concerts, although still only in his 20s.

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Karthik Krishnasamy on ghatham

Considered as the “new kid on the block”, Karthik Krishnasamy is actually a carnatic vocalist under the Temple of Fine Arts in Kuala Lumpur, where he is now also a vocal instructor. He subsequently took up the mridangam and ghatham, currently under the tutelage of Shri Bangalore Ravishanker.

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Subain joins the musicians

Although I am rarely exposed to such music, I have to say that I still enjoyed the two-hour long recital. The nifty fingers of the musicians could be quite hypnotic! At the later part of the performance, Subain Singam, President of Greentown Indian Cultural Society joined the trio on stage with his ganjira, closing the night with an extravagant finale.

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Mr. Sethu, treasurer of Greentown Indian Cultural Society, honoured the musicians with sandalwood garlands

Greentown Indian Cultural Society is planning to make available to Ipoh folks, violin and vocal lessons through Skype. Online instructions of violin and vocals would be the first for the city, so there is no longer an excuse of not having access to a good instructor, right? For further information, call Subain Singam at 012-5056049.

Event: Geethanjali – Violin Recital
Venue: Multipurpose Hall, Bangunan SUK
Date: 18th May, 2012
Time: 8pm

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With love

4 thoughts on “Geethanjali – Violin Recital

  1. hey emily

    do you keep track of what goes on in ipoh . I seem to have missed a lot in the last couple of years due to work . Tell me how to keep track of the upcoming events. Just realised that i missed the drum festival this year again but then again i was in india .

    thanks

    prem

  2. Hi Emily, many thanks for spending time to view the whole concert and at the end put up a write up on it. We (on behalf of Darmen, Karthik and Suben) are thankful!
    Just want to find out if you could send us the shots you took. Also, appreciate if you could re-type as S.Sriram instead of Shree Ram. Thanks a million!

  3. Thanks for your correction. I actually got two spellings but didn’t know which to use.

    And photos already sent to your email. 🙂

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