The Asian Indian Classical Music Society Concert Announcement:
Vidushi Dr. Pantula Rama (Vocal Carnatic)
Vidwan Sri MSN Murthy (Violin)
Vidwan Sri Kotipalli Ramesh (Mridangam)
Carey Auditorium at Hesburgh Library
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
We are grateful to the AICMS benefactors and members, the University of Notre Dame, and the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, for making this and our other concerts possible
Pantula Rama has received international acclaim as “The Golden Voice” that traverses more than three octaves with a mesmerizing effect in the lower octave. She had her initial training in music from her father Sri Pantula Gopala Rao. Her musical persona was later shaped by ‘Sangeeta Kalasagra’ Sri Ivaturi Vijayeswara Rao. Her unique style is distinctive for brilliant artistry, clarity of diction, an ever-fresh approach and a perfect balance of the different elements of Carnatic music. She holds a doctorate in Carnatic music and is one of the youngest vocalists to have been awarded the prestigious ‘Top grade’ by All India Radio. She is also a violin and viola player of merit.
MSN Murthy, hailed as a child prodigy, was born in a family of musicians. MSN Murthy is graded ‘Top’ in violin, ‘A’ in vocal and ‘A’ in viola by All India Radio. He is known for his amazing and silk smooth, yet crisp tonal quality, purity of tone, fine aesthetic sense and command over the instrument. His talent was nurtured by the polymath musician and musicologist Sangita Sahitya Kalanidhi Sriman N Ch Krishnamacharyulu. MSN Murthy is recognized for his committed contribution to the field of classical music with many awards and titles. He has toured extensively all over the world as a soloist and accompanist. He has also been responsible for the publication and popularization of musicological works of his Guru.
Kotipalli Ramesh hails from a distinguished lineage of Classical musicians. His father and grandfather have been well known Vocalists and Violinists. Starting at the tender age of 5, he has learned and mastered the mridangam. Ramesh is a prime disciple of Sangeetha Kala Acharya V. Kamalakara Rao. He is now a recognized exponent having earned the highest formal rating (A-Top) from All India Radio and accompanied many leading musicians. He has won several professional awards including an Indian government scholarship for advanced training as well as the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Yuva Pursakar (Distinguished Youth Artiste) Award for 2017.