“Sangeetha Kalanidhi” “Padma Bhushan” Madurai T. N. Seshagopalan was initiated into devotional music and inspired by his mother, Tiruvenkatavalli. He started his musical career and gave his first Namasankeethan concert at the age of seven, playing the harmonium himself. Even at that young age, he was the preferred accompanist for Pudukottai Gopalakrishna Bhagavatar, the doyen of the Namasankeethan tradition. At 16, he underwent formal training in Carnatic music under the Late Ramanathapuram C. S. Sankara Sivam, a foremost disciple of the famous musician, composer and harikatha exponent, Harikesanallur Muthaiah Bhagavatar. The training imparted by Sivam proved to be the culminating point in TNS’s life and thus his concert career started. TNS holds a degree in science from Madras University. Later, he became the Assistant Professor of Music at the Music College of Madurai University.
Endowed with a velvety voice and a highly trained mind, TNS’s dynamic style, creativity and technical mastery proves that he is one of the foremost vidwans of our times. TNS is an A-grade veena player, a Namasankeethan Bhagavathar, an amateur flute player and a keyboard artist. He is a composer, and has set music to many Tamil literary works, such as verses from “Kamba Ramayanam”.
More than 50 music companies have released TNS’s performances and recordings.He has trained many students in the way of the time-honored Gurukula system of music education where the students had to stay in the Guru’s home. Many of them are leading performing artists and musicologists. TNS has received numerous awards and honors over many years. Most notable among them are:
- “Sangeetha Kalanidhi” by The Music Academy, Chennai (2006)
- “Padma Bhushan” , by the Government of India (2004)
- “Sangeetha Kala Nipuna”, by Mylapore Fine Arts Club (2003)
- “Isai Perarignar” by the Tamil Isai Sangam (2000)
- “Sangeetha Rathnakara” by Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana Committee (1998)
- “Sangeetha Kala Sarathy” by Parthasarathy Swami Sabha (1997)
- “Tamil Isai Vendar” by Karthik Fine Arts, (1996)
- “Kalaimamani” – by the Government of Tamil Nadu (1985)
- “Sangeetha Sudhakara” by the Paramacharya of Kanchi Kamakoti peetam, His Holiness Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswathy Swamigal in 1983.
- “Asthana Vidwan” of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam awarded by H. H. Jayendra Sarawathy Swamigal on Deepavali day 1984.
In his Utsav 2007 performance, Sri. T. N. Seshagopalan will be accompanied by Mullaivasal G. Chandramouli on the violin, Tanjore K. Murugabhoopathi on the mridangam, and Ravi Balasubramanian on the ghatam.
Mullaivasal G. Chandramouli started learning violin at the age of 8 under Smt. Savithri Sathyamurthy and came under the guidance of Late Brahmashri R. K. Venkatrama Sastry for 8 years. In his maiden performance, Mullaivasal G. Chandramouli accompanied his Guru, Late Brahmashri R. K. Venkatrama Sastry during the Gokulashtami Utsavam in1983 and has since participated in more than 1500 concerts.He has accompanied great vidwans of caliber such as Late Sangeetha Kalanidhi T. M. Thyagarajan, Late Sangeetha Kalanidhi Palghat K. V. Narayanaswamy, Sangeetha Kalanidhi B. Rajam Iyer, Sangeetha Kalanidhi R. K. Srikantan, Sangeetha Kalanidhi T. K. Govinda Rao, Late Kalakkadu S. Ramanarayana Iyer and Late Tanjore S. Kalyanaraman. He regularly accompanies leading artists such as Thrisoor V. Ramachandran, T. V. Sankaranarayanan, O. S. Thyagarajan, K. J. Yesudas, Sanjay Subramaniam, P. Unnikrishnan, Bombay Sisters, Sudha Raghunathan, Bombay Jayashri and Nityashree Mahadevan.He is an A-grade artist of All India Radio and Doordarshan and regularly performs at local, zonal and national levels. He performs violin solo concerts and also presents duet performances with R. K. Shriram Kumar. He has participated in music programs and festivals in all major cities in India. He has also been featured in commercial recordings with reputed companies like A.V.M. and Sangeetha.He was one of the founder members of YACM and served on its executive committee from 1985 to 1986. He was the Classical Music Coordinator for IIT Chennai from 1985 to 1986 and was Joint Secretary for SPIC-MACAY, Chennai Chapter from1986 to 1987. He is currently receiving guidance from violin maestro Shri. V. V. Subrahmanyam.
Tanjore Murugabhoopathi belongs to a family of artists and musicians. He had his initial training under Sri. T. R. Srinivasan, mridangam vidwan and lecturer at the Tamilnadu Government Music College. After receiving the ‘Vadhya Visharada’ with distinction from the Music College, and after two years of concert experience, he came under the guidance of Late Sri. Tanjore Upendran. He learnt from the late maestro in the age-old tradition of “Gurukulavasam”. This great opportunity of being with his guru for ten years shaped his career as a mridangam artist. He can adopt his playing to any style of singing or instrumentals and has won the appreciation of artists as well as rasikas. He has won numerous awards including the “Vadya Kalaimani” from the Music College, Chennai, the “Laya Kala Ratna” from the Tiruppur Murugan Mandram, the Best Artiste Award from the South Indian Music Club, Andhra Pradesh, the Music Academy and the Sivan Mandram, Sydney, Australia. He regularly accompanies leading artists such as Sangeetha Kalnidhi Madurai T. N. Seshagopalan, Sangeetha Kalanidhi Dr. N. Ramani, Mandolin Srinivas, Sanjay Subramaniam, Sudha Ragunathan and Aruna Sayeeram to name a few. He has performed with these artists in Singapore, Malaysia, South Africa, Germany, Spain, USA, UK, Switzerland, Australia, Dubai, Muscat, Doha, Belgium and Scotland.
Ravi Balasubramanian is the most sought-after ghatam artiste in North America and is known for his energetic, sensitive accompaniment and solos. Ravi has extensive experience in Carnatic percussion, including performing on the ghatam at top musical institutions such as the Chennai Music Academy and the Cleveland Aradhana for over fourteen years. He received the title Yuva Kala Bharathi in 2003 from Bharat Kalachar, a music organization in Chennai, for excellence and dedication in the art of ghatam. Ravi has had the rare honor and experience of performing with leading artistes including Sangitha Kalanidhi vocalists, violinists, flautists, and mridangam artists in India, USA, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, and Australia. Ravi received his initial tutelage from Palghat Sri P. K. Sekar and Sangitha Kalanidhi Dr. T. K. Murthy and later pursued advanced training from Sri. V. Suresh in Chennai, India. Ravi has given lecture-demonstrations on the ghatam in the University of Pittsburgh, PA. He recently received his doctorate in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and is a Research Associate at the University of Washington.
Venue: Brechemin Auditorium, Music Building, University of Washington. Date: Friday October 12. Time: 7:00 PM