Special CSL Social Hour, April 6, 2018

As we are heading toward the end of semester, stress to prepare for final exams, finishing due homework (and papers) increase exponentially! We, at social hour committee, are happy to organize Indian music event this Friday, April 6th at 3:00PM in 369 CSL, so we can enjoy moment of relieve from our busy schedule.

Carnatic music is the classical music style emanating from southern India. The music is based on ragas which are melodic modes or frameworks that are built around characteristic note patterns. There will be three sets of performances each ranging from 10-12 minutes. Two sets of pieces will be vocal compositions accompanied by a violin and tabla (north Indian hand drum) and another will be purely instrumental with violin and tabla.

Bio: Vedhus Hoskere is a second year PhD student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He has been learning Carnatic music (South Indian Classical Muisc) as a vocalist for 9 years from his Guru Shri D. V. Nagarajan who is based in Bangalore, in India. He has performed at venues in Bangalore, India and in Champaign. He currently serves as the Director of the Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture amongst Youth (SPICMACAY), an RSO on campus. His other interests include ballroom dancing and playing badminton.

Aravind is master’s student in the Computer Science. He has been learning Carnatic music from his grandfather, Thriuvattaar Raveendran Nair, from the age of 5. He has performed in a few stages in Kerala, Hyderabad and Champaign. He was also part of a playback singing chorus for some regional TV shows and movies.

Sathwik is masters student at the Industrial Engineering. He’s a professional Carnatic Classical violinist with over 400 shows to his credit. He began training at the age of 9 from violin Maestro B Raghuram. From the past 6 years he’s been under the tutelage of the legendary Carnatic violinist duo, Vidwan Mysore Mysore M Nagaraj and Dr Mysore M Manjunath. He was recently awarded “Best Violinist of the season” title for the year 2017 by the prestigious Nada Bramha Music Association, Mysore.

Dr. Soham Mujumdar is a postdoctoral researcher at UofI. He has been learning Tabla (Indian Classical Drum) since he was 10 year old from Shri Mukesh Shrikhande from Kolhapur, Maharashtra. During his PhD he has been involved in SPICMACAY- first as a president and then as an active board member.