Sunday, January 16, 2011

CONCERT: Pt. Vyankatesh Kumar

Sur Sadhana is happy to announce that Prof. Venkatesh Kumar will perform for its inaugural concert for 2011, to be held on Sunday, Jan 16th, 2011 at 6 pm.

Pt Venkatesh Kumar will be accompanied on the tabla by Shri Bharat Kamat and on the harmonium by Shri Pramod Marathe.

Venue: Sawai Gandhrva Smarak Hall, Ganeshkhind road, next to Rahul theatre, Shivajinagar.

Car Parking (RS.10) is available in the Rahul Parking Lot. Parking is also possible under the flyover, across the hall.

Artist Profile:

Prof. M Venkatesh Kumar hails from Bellary district in Karnataka. From a young age, he was strongly influenced by his father, who was a renowned artist. Impressed by his genuine dedication to hindustani classical music, Pt. Puttaraj Gawayi took him on as a pupil in his
gurukul. After years of rigorous training, M. Venkatesh Kumar effectively inherited the Kirana and the Gwalior gharana singing styles with all its nuances. He also received a post graduate degree in music from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya.

Prof. Venkatesh Kumar is gifted with a mellifluous, robust and vibrant voice, rich in tradition and deep in devotion. His vast experience and deep-rooted commitment has made him a name to reckon with. Currently, he teaches music at the Karnatak College of Music, Dharwad. He is the recipient of several titles such as Swarashree, Sangeet Sudhakara, Sangeeta Ratna, Karnataka Rajyotsava Award (1999), Karnataka Sangeet Natya Academy Award (2007) and Vatsalatal Bhimsen Joshi Award 2008 among others.

Venkatesh Kumar has performed at all major music festivals in India as well as abroad at the AKKA Kannada Sammelan in USA and has cut many classical and devotional music albums.

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