Vashi Fine Arts Society (Regd.)
(Regn No MAH/230/99/THANE)
A Cultural Association dedicated for Promoting Music, Dance and Drama

  Carnatic violin concert by Kum Aishwarya from US and felicitation of Mridangam maestro Shri Vellore Ramabhadran on his Satabhishekam heldat Sahitya Sanskruti Mandal AC Hall, Sector 6, (Near NMSA/Sacred Hearts School), Sector 6, Vashi - Sept: 4th (Sat)

Sangeetha Kalanidhi Vidwan Shri Vellore Ramabhadran being received with Poorna Kumbham   Violin concert of Kum Aishwarya Vankataraman
  Citation (Vaazthu Madal) was presented to the Mridangam maestro on his Satabhishekam by VFAS.Click here to view the Citation.  

Aishwarya Venkataraman born in 1993 in Northridge, California, grew up surrounded by music and musicians. Aishu began her training in Suzuki violin at the tender age of two-and-a-half. At age four, she started learning the Carnatic style of music under the tutelage of the eminent violin maestro Shri T N Krishnan. Shri Krishnan has selected and groomed Aishu to be his next protege - an honor of the highest magnitude. While continuing to play South Indian Classical Music, Aishu has also mastered on jazz performance at the famed Berklee College of Music with. She carries the unique distinction of being the youngest student accepted into this four-year college at age 13. Aishu's tonal quality, spectral purity and strong bowing technique are the hallmarks of her performance style.

Aishu's debut CD, "Divine Strings" was recorded at the tender age of 9. She has most recently completed recording her newest album "Bliss" with percussion legend Vellore Ramabhadran.

Aishu's father, Vinod (V.R.) Venkataraman, a native of Bombay, India, is a professional Mridangam player and a guest lecturer at Berklee College of Music for a clinic called "The Math behind the Music." He is also a mathematics consultant and the director of the Center For Academic Excellence for the Long Beach Unified School District. Vinod has served as an integral collaborator with many legendary Indian performers including acclaimed musicians T. N. Krishnan, Dr. L. Subramaniam, Gottuvadyam Ravi Kiran, and Flutist Shri K.S. Gopalakrishnan as well as jazz greats Hubert Laws, Stephane Grapelli, Larry Coryell, Alice Coltrane, and Emil Richards.

Aishwarya Venkataraman

Vellore Ramabhadran's name is synonymous with the Sarvalaghu style of performing the South Indian drums "Mridangam". Born in 1929 in Vellore, Ramabhadran began learning music at an early age of four. His unique style of accompaniment clearly distinguished him from other artists and he is the most sought after drummer by all leading musicians. Ramabhadran was fondly christened as Nadabhadran for his ability to infuse Nadam (melody) into his rhythm. In recognition of his talent, Vellore Ramabhadran was conferred the title of Sangeetha Kalanidhi and the Sangeet Natak Academy award by the Music Academy, Madras. Today at age 82, Ramabhadran is one of the living legends in this fine art of playing the Mridangam.

Vellore Ramabhadran

Born into a family of rich musical ancestry, V.R. Venkataraman began performing at the age of seven, had his initial training from Vidwan Trichy Raghava Iyer and later from one of the greatest exponents of the Mridangam, Palghat R. Raghu. He has performed extensively all over Asia, Canada, Europe and the United States with legendary greats like T. N. Krishnan, Gottuvadyam Ravikiran and L. Subramaniam. In the Jazz arena Venkataraman has collaborated with legendary artists like Stephane Grapelli, Larry Coryell, Hubert Laws and Alice Coltrane. A resident of Long Beach, California, and a professor of Mathematics, Venkataraman continues to impart the knowledge of Music and Math through the age old Indian tradition of Gurukulavasam.

V.R. Venkataraman