Rohan Krishnamurthy returns with Tisra on Nov. 8

Date(s) - Sunday, November 08, 2015
3:00 pm

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Rohan Krishnamurthy

Rohan Krishnamurthy

Tisra: South Indian Music and Dance with Rohan Krishnamurthy

This concert features Rohan Krishnamurthy on mridangam (south Indian drum), Arun Ramamurthy on violin, and dancer Malini Srinivasan.

Rohan Krishnamurthy has performed hundreds of concerts internationally since the age of nine as a distinguished soloist and collaborator in diverse music and dance ensembles. His prodigious, cross-genre artistry draws from his formal study of Indian classical music, at once propagating the ancient tradition and expanding it in new artistic directions. 

An innovator, Rohan designed a new drumhead tuning system that won him first place in Eastman’s New Venture Challenge entrepreneurship competition. His work resulted in a publication in the premier music journal, Percussive Notes. Rohan conducted acoustical research on his new design and has been regularly invited to present his work at the Acoustical Society of America’s international conferences, where he twice received the “Best Student Paper” award. Rohan also received a patent for his invention. Rohan’s multifaceted accomplishments as a performer, composer, educator, researcher, and entrepreneur earned him a one-on-one meeting and performance for the President of India, Dr. Abdul Kalam, at the presidential office and estate in New Delhi. 

A native of Kalamazoo and based out of San Francisco, Rohan obtained bachelor’s degrees in music and chemistry from Kalamazoo College as a Heyl Foundation Scholar, and Master’s degrees in musicology and ethnomusicology from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. He earned a Ph.D. in musicology at Eastman as a Provost Fellow, where he founded and directed a popular Indian percussion ensemble and summer institutes.

Arun Ramamurthy

Arun Ramamurthy

Arun Ramamurthy ( is a versatile violinist who is making his mark in Indian Classical and World music. Trained in Carnatic (south indian classical) music initially by the distinguished violinist Anantha Krishnan, and then later by the celebrated violin brothers, Dr. Mysore Manjunath & Sri Mysore Nagaraj, Arun has become one of the most in-demand violinists in the US. He has carved a niche for himself as a multifaceted artist, performing in both traditional Carnatic & Hindustani settings as well as bridging genres with his own creative cross-over projects. Arun has been fortunate to perform with major Indian Classical artists such as Padma Vibushan Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna, Sri T.N. Seshagopalan, Sri Trichur Ramachandran, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan, Subhankar Banerjee and more. His cross-over project, the Arun Ramamurthy Trio, recently released their debut album Jazz Carnatica. Picked by NPR’s New Sounds as a Top New Release, Jazz Carnatica is receiving high praise among Jazz & Indian writers alike. An avid organizer, Arun is a co-founder of Brooklyn Raga Massive, an artist collective dedicated to bridging musical cultures while propagating Indian Classical Music. He also created the concert series Carnatic Sundays at Cornelia Street Cafe, an iconic jazz venue in the West Village of Manhattan. 

Malini Srinivasan.

Malini Srinivasan.

Malini Srinivasan is a third-generation Bharatanatyam artist and the disciple of world-renowned artist Sri C.V. Chandrasekhar. She began studying Bharatanatyam at a young age with her mother and grandmother. She began learning the Kalakshetra style in 2000 with Smt. Savitri Jagganath Rao. Malini performed her Arangetram (debut) under the guidance of Meena Raman. She lived in Chennai from 1999-2004 to pursue her study of dance and its allied art forms such as Nattuvangam, Carnatic vocal music, Kalaripayattu, Yoga, Sanskrit and Tamil. 

A critically-acclaimed soloist, Malini has presented solo Bharatanatyam to various audiences in the U.S., India and Europe. She has also performed with groups including the Padmini Chettur Group, Ragamala, Rajika Puri and Dancers, Thresh and Kala Nivedanam. 

Malini has choreographed solo and group Bharatanatyam pieces, including Being Becoming, Ode to Love’s Arrows and Tejas-Luminous. She was awarded the Dance in Queens Residency (2009) the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center Residency (2010), and the Queens Council on the Arts Individual Artist Grant (2010, 2012, 2014). Based in Brooklyn, NY, Malini is committed to spreading a deep understanding of Indian classical traditions through teaching. She has been a visiting artist/lecturer at Princeton University, Wellesley College, Brooklyn Friends and Colgate University. She is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Asian & Asian-American Studies Department at SUNY Stony Brook, on the dance faculty of Chhandayan, and a Teaching Artist with City Lore.


Tickets for this concert are available HERE beginning Aug 17 Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.

If you plan to attend more than one MFSM 2015 event, please consider a Festival Pass for $120. This pass provides admission to Tapestry (Nov. 6), Trio Speranza (Nov. 7),Tisra with Rohan Krishnamurthy (Nov. 8), Anzaldua (Nov. 8), Hildegard (Nov. 9), Shaheen (Nov. 12), Rachel Barton Pine (Nov. 13) and Hot Pstromi (Nov. 14). Festival pass does NOT include admission to Kalamazoo Junior Symphony with Rachel Barton Pine (Nov. 15). A Festival Pass can be purchased HERE.



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