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April CCC, Sunday 8th 2018

posted Apr 13, 2018, 11:00 PM by CCC Editor


  Performers:

Hiranya & Lavanya Sundar Veena duet (student of Sri Chitraveena Narasimhan/ Chitraveena Ganesh)

Mahathi Shankarram (student of Sri Paduka Academy)

Neha Bashyam (student of Shri Neyveli Santhanagopalan)

Samhitha Srinivasan (student of Smt Kasthuri Shivakumar)

Sarang Ashwin (student of Smt Snigdha Venkatramani)

Shivani Venkatramanan (student of Smt Jayanthi Umesh)

Sumedh Vaidyanathan (student of Sri Paduka Academy)

Vandana Chari Violin solo (student of Sri. Saravanapriyan Sriraman)

Vishaka Ashok (student of Smt. Vasudha Ravi)
 String accompanists:

Aditya Satyadeep (student of Smt Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi)

Deeksha Venkateswaran (student of Smt H.M.Smitha)

Geeta Shankar (student of Sri Neyveli Santhanagopalan)

Prahlad Saravanapriyan (student of Sri Saravanapriyan Sriraman)

Sahas Ramesh (student of Sri Vittal Ramamurthy)

Tanisha Srivatsa (student of Ms. Charumathi Raghuraman)

Urmika Balaji (student of Vid.A.Kanyakumari)
 Mrudangam accompanists:

Abishayan Thamba Shiva (student of Toronto Sri Gowrishankar)

Akshay Aravindan (student of Sri Kumbakonam Swaminathan)

Akshay Suresh (student of Sri Gopi Lakshminarayanan)

Ambika Ramadurai (student of Sri Srinath Bala)

Pranav Tirumalai(student of Sri Tiruchur Narendran)

Rahul Swaminathan (student of Sri Gopi Lakshminarayanan)

Srihari Srinivasan (student of Trivandrum Sri Balaji)

Sriram Subramanian (student of Sri Gopi Lakshminarayanan)

Vivek Arvind (student of Sri Ganesh Ramanarayanan)


Dear members,

This past weekend was one of the most hectic weekends in the bay area with many music events/competitions and concerts happening everywhere yet our CCC members showed a strong sign of support with their presence at our recent event Sunday. Our hearty thanks to all the people who made it to our event!
 
Sarang’s great intro performance, repeat yet very impressive performances from Mahathi, Vishaka, Vandana's violin solo, Samhitha, Sumedh, Shivani, Hiranya/ Lavanya's veena duet and Neha's solos enthralled our supportive audience. We heard an array of contemporary composers’, works of Sri K N Shashikiran, Sri Neyveli Santhanagopalan, Sri TN Seshagopalan, Sri Chitraveena Ganesh and Sri Lalgudi Jayaraman in addition to St Thyagaraja, Maharaja Swati Thirunaal and Papanasam Sivan in the line-up Sunday.
 
Our string accompanists Deeksha, Prahlad, Sahas, Tanisha, Gowri, Urmika and Geeta nicely supported the performances with their melodious playing. Rhythm aspects were ably supported by Vivek, Ambika, Abishayan, Srihari, Akshay Suresh, Sriram, Rahul, Pranav & Akshay Aravindan. 
 
First time visitor to CCC, Vid. Sriranjani Santhanagopalan had very encouraging words about our performers and the rich content they are presenting. However, she suggested that our performers can work on their stage presence a bit more which will greatly enhance the overall success /reach of the concerts. I am sure our young students will remember this as they take baby steps into the performing arena.
 
Dasha Tarangini, our tenth anniversary production grouping info have been shared to all registrants and sincere thanks to all our parent coordinators and volunteers who have begun their prep work. Our sincere thanks to all the Gurus who’ll be training our students for this special event and request all registered students to be responsive to the emails in this regard.
 
Our aasthana photographer Prasanna was back in action (Thank you so much Prasanna!) and I’m sure you’ll enjoy his lovely captures in this album. Special appreciation to Vidya Anand for driving to venue directly from airport (after returning from east coast) to handle the video recording and she completed the editing before her trip again, today. We are so grateful to her for doing this task with such commitment and sincerity. Here is the video excerpt clip she compiled for your viewing pleasure.
 
Please save May 13th Sunday (2pm to 5pm), which happens to be Mother’s Day, for our next event.

Regards,
Padma Mohan

March CCC, Sunday 11th 2018

posted Mar 16, 2018, 10:13 AM by CCC Editor



 Performers:


Siddharth Sharma (student of Sri Ashok Subramaniam)

Ranjani Ravindrabharathy (student of Shri Neyveli Santhanagopalan)

Madhumita Ramkumar (student of Smt Nandini Ramamurthi)

Gaurav Rajan veena solo (student of Smt. Anuradha Sundar)

Akshay Suresh (student of Smt. Kasthuri Shivakumar)

Arundhati Calambur (student of Smt. Vydehi Sudharshan )

Rahul Swaminathan (student of Sri Paduka Academy)

Varsha Shankar (student of Sri Paduka Academy)

Urmika Balaji violin solo (student of Vid. A. Kanyakumari/Mahesh Balaji)
 String accompanists:


Aditya Satyadeep (student of Smt Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi)

Aishwarya Anand (student of Smt Anuradha Sridhar)

Hrishikesh Chary (student of Sri Srikanth Chary)

Shivani Venkataramanan (student of Smt Lakshmi Balasubramanya)

Srishiva Manikantan (student of Sri Saravanapriyan Sriraman)

Vishaka Ashok (student of Sri Ananda Nada Yogi)

Vishnu Srinivas (student of Smt Lakshmi Balasubramanya)
 Mrudangam accompanists:


Anirudh Rao (student of Sri Srinath Bala)

Pranav Tirumalai (student of Sri Tiruchur Narendran)

Sachin Venkat (student of Sri Ramesh Srinivasan)

Santhosh Ravindrabharathy (student of Sri Ravindrabharathy Sridharan)

Shreyas Garimella (student of Sri Rohan Krishnamurthy)

Shrikanth Shivakumar (student of Sri Vinod Seetharaman)

Sriram Subramanian (student of Sri Gopi Lakshminarayanan)

Vaibhav Prakash  (student of Sri Gopi Lakshminarayanan)

Vivek Arvind (student of Sri Ganesh Ramanarayanan)


Dear members,
TLDR: Pictures speak a thousand words so I’m going to limit the # of words I write this month hoping the pictures (thanks to Murali S.) and video excerpts (thanks to Vidya A.) will compensate. Sincere thanks to each of you who made time to listen to our students Sunday!
 
It was a delight to hear the new voices of Madhumitha, Siddharth and Akshay, strings of Gaurav (veena) and Vishnu (violin), and beats of Vaibhav! Our repeat performers Arundhati, Rahul, Urmika, Varsha and Ranjani did a great job handling ragams Arabhi, Varamu, Urmika, Vachaspati and Dharmavati RTP respectively.
 
Our March accompanists Shivani, Srishiva, Vishaka, Aishwarya, Vivek, Sachin, Shreyas, Anirudh, Srikanth and Santhosh enhanced the show with their wonderful support, congratulations to them all and kudos to our OTS accompanists Aditya (on string) and Pranav and Sriram (on Mrudangam). My very special thanks to CCC alumni Hrishikesh Chary for returning to CCC stage to accompany this month, it was a divine yet proud feeling to listen him.
 
CCC 10th anniversary project is off to a fantastic start with 16 teachers, 200+ participants, two PMs and many dozens of enthusiastic parent volunteers aboard!!! Grouping information will be going out within the next few days to students who had registered (except for the alumni group which will be finalized a bit later), please look out for that important email and also read.
 
Please save April 8th Sunday (4pm to 7pm) for our next event.
Regards,
Padma Mohan

February CCC, Sunday 11th 2018

posted Feb 13, 2018, 7:48 PM by CCC Editor   [ updated Feb 13, 2018, 11:04 PM ]



Performers :

Ambika Ramadurai (student of Sri Paduka Academy)

Anirudh Raja (student of Sri Paduka Academy)

Gayathri Baskar (student of Sri Ajay Namboodiri)

Geeta Shankar & Aparna Thyagarajan veena-violin duet (student of Shri Neyveli Santhanagopalan & Sri Delhi P Sunderrajan)

Kavya Kodungallur (student of Sri Sikkil Gurucharan )

Manasa Pooni (student of Sri Paduka Academy)

Rohini Bharat (student of Smt Nandini 

Ramamurthi & Smt Srividhya Ramanath)

Shreya Virunchipuram (student of Sow. Sriranjani Santhanagopalan)

 String accompanists: 

Aditya Satyadeep 

Aishwarya Anand 

Apurvaa Anand 

Prahlad Saravanapriyan

Sahana Prasanna 

Urmika Balaji 

Vandana Chari 
 Percussion accompanists:

Akshay Aravindan 

Anirudh Rao 

Arush Gopal 

Avinash Anand 

Pranav Tirumalai 

Rajeev Devanath 

Sachin Venkat

Shrikrishna Shivakumar 

Srihari Srinivasan 


Dear members,


What a lovely event it was Sunday when twenty five of our repeat performers presented their best in our well attended CCC event! Big salute to our performers for keeping within their allotted duration that we finished the event on time even though we had FIVE main slots, and three with OnTheSpot (OTS) accompanists. Many Ghana ragams were presented and the children all did a neat job that we received nice compliments from teachers and rasikas alike! 

 

Each of our performers sang with some manodharma in their presentation. CCC structure as I mentioned on stage is meant to cater to students in all levels and each student picks what is comfortable for them or some challenge themselves one step ahead. We witnessed the later predominantly in our Feb. event as each of our repeat performers strived to demonstrate an improved musical aspect in their presentation by challenging themselves and also succeeding in it. We are so proud of you Kavya, Ambika, Rohini, Shreya, Manasa, Gayathri, Anirudh, Geeta & Aparna. 

 

Our talented accompanists enhanced the show with their wonderful support, kudos to them all and special mentions yet again to our OTS accompanists Apurvaa, Aditya and Aishwarya (on string) and Avinash, Srihari and Pranav (on Mrudangam). Our budding artists Urmika, Anirudh Rao, Prahlad, Sachin, Vandana, Rajeev, Arush, Sahana did their part beautifully with their rehearsed support as well. My heart pounced with pride when our senior kids gave their finale performance with their instruments! Geeta, Aparna, Akshay, Shrikrishna and Gayathri: our best wishes to you all as you await college decisions.

 

Huge thanks to our core volunteer team for helping with various aspects to make it a smooth event and please see below the visual treats you’re waiting for!

 

Photos link (courtesy of Barath Rangaswamy)

Video excerpts link (courtesy of Vidya Anand)

 

Please save March 11th Sunday (2pm to 5pm) for our next event.

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours!

Regards…..Padma Mohan


January CCC, Sunday 14th 2018

posted Jan 17, 2018, 11:39 AM by CCC Editor



 Performers :

Ashwat Subbaraman  (student of Sri A S Murali)

Kaushik Hariharan (student of Smt Jayanthi Umesh & Shri Sikkil Gurucharan)

Meenakshi Iyer (student of Sri. Shivkumar Bhat)

Sashwat Mahalingam (student of Sri Paduka Academy)

Shashank Venkat Violin solo (student of Sri. Arvind Lakshmikanthan)

Siddharth Srinivasan (student of Sri Paduka Academy)

Tanisha Srivatsa (student of Smt. Sangeetha Swaminathan)

Viresh Kumar (student of Smt. Lavanya Kothandaraman)

Vittal Thirumalai (student of Smt. Padma Shankar)
 String accompanists: 

Aditya Satyadeep (violin)

Aparna Thyagarajan (violin)

Apurvaa Anand (violin)

Deeksha Venkateswaran (violin)

Geeta Shankar (veena)

Sahas Ramesh (violin)

Srishiva Manikantan (violin)

Urmika Balaji (violin)
 Percussion accompanists:

Akshay Aravindan

Avinash Anand

Pranav Tirumalai

Rahul Swaminathan

Ramanan Ganesan 

Santhosh Ravindrabharathy

Shreyas Garimella

Srihari srinivasan

Sriram Subramanian


Dear members,

It was indeed a grand NINTH anniversary event Sunday and thank you all for attending the event and sharing your MahaSankranthi day afternoon with us. 

Each of our NINE performers in the line-up did a stellar job and there was no dull moment! Sincere thanks to the participants and their teachers for choosing compositions that fit the anniversary theme! Meenakshi’s Navagraha krithi on Lord Surya, (intro voice)Tanisha’s Mohanam, (intro voice)Viresh’s Aberi, Shashank’s Abogi (intro violin), Siddharth’s Kamalamba Navavarnam in Sree, Vittal’s Sogasuga- Sriranjani, Sashwat’s main slot exposition of Navaragamalika varnam, Ashwat’s Marubalga –Sriranjani and Kaushik’s RTP on Lord Surya made our Ninth anniversary – Pongal event such a grand one to remember. 


As always, our accompanists made the various segments more enjoyable to listen to, with their superb support. We introduced Sahas on the violin and Ramanan on the Mrudangam this month and rest of them were familiar faces from our accompanist pool. However, six of them get a special mention this month because they participated in a new initiative called On-The-Spot (OTS) accompaniment. Urmika, Aparna, and Aditya on the violin, and Sriram, Pranav and Avinash on the Mrudangam all got chosen for the three vocalists (Siddharth, Sashwat and Ashwat) who had offered to perform with OTS accompanists in January. The accompanists came in totally blind to who the performer is or what the content will be(as accompanists were picked at the venue minutes before the event started) yet they all did a fantastic job accompanying their respective vocalists and this goes to show the level of talent we have within our CCC pool. Congratulations to all the performers who participated in this new initiative and you can expect more of these OTS concerts in the future too. I really hope this initiative will motivate and inspire our performers and accompanists to work harder to reach the next level, of performing without a rehearsal or advance notice of the content and be always ready for anything!!!

 

Our sincere thanks to our core volunteer team for helping with all of the event day logistics, rain or shine, sick or well! And special thanks to parents of Vasudha, Shashank V, Ashwat, Kaushik, and Siddharth for helping me with snacks for the kick-off meeting with teachers. 


Pictures from the event (courtesy of Murali S.)   

Video excerpt from the event (courtesy of Vidya A)

 

Please save February 11th Sunday (2pm to 5pm) for our next event.

Regards

Padma

December CCC, Sunday 10th 2017

posted Dec 12, 2017, 11:33 AM by CCC Editor   [ updated Dec 12, 2017, 11:34 AM ]


Performers :

Adithi Suresh(student of Smt. Kasthuri Shivakumar)

Amirtha Srinivasan(student of Sri. Shreyas Narayanun)

Anirudh Natarajan(student of Smt. Misha Rajaram)

Gohitha Venkluri Veena solo (student of Smt. Anuradha Sundar)

Harshitha Kuchibhotla (student of Smt. Vasudha Ravi)

Janani & Mythri Sekar (student of Smt. Nandini Ramamurthi)

Sahiti Annadata(student of Smt. Snigdha Venkataramani)

Srishiva Manikantan(student of Sri. Ajay Namboodiri)

Sruthi Bhamidipatti(student of Sri Paduka Academy)

Sudiksha Vaidyanathan(student of Sri Paduka Academy)
String accompanists: 

Aishwarya Anand (violin)

Alaap Rag (violin)

Ananya Devanath (veena)

Apurva Anand (violin)

Tanisha Srivatsa (violin)

Urmika Balaji (violin)

Vandana Chari (violin)

Vishaka Ashok (violin)

Yogitha Balasubramanian (violin)

Percussion accompanists:

Ambika Ramadurai

Ashwat Subbaraman

Avinash Anand

Pranav Tirumalai

Rahul Swaminathan

Shreyas Garimella

Srihari srinivasan

Sriram Subramanian

Umesh Gopi

Vivek Arvind

Dear members,

It felt great to be back in the bay area after a great Chennai trip and seeing all the friendly and welcoming faces at CCC made me feel at home and I think I’m now totally out of both jetlag and homesick-ness. Thank you all for attending the last event of the year in great numbers and encouraging our talented youngsters!

We got to introduce a lot of new talents, four new voices (Harshita, Anirudh, Amirtha and Sruthi), one new violinist(Tanisha) and two new mrudangists (Ambika and Ashwat). All of them did well and we hope to hear them for many years to come. Our repeat performers Gohitha, Sudiksha, Srishiva, Sahiti, Janani&Mythri and Adithi did a great job too, and our sincere appreciation to the talented pool of accompanists (too many to mention here J) who helped enhance the concerts with their beautiful accompaniment support. God bless you all!

The Feature-A-Guru segment led by Vid Sri Gopi Lakshminarayanan brought up an interesting topic, “nadais to use and not use, given the eduppu of a krithi”,with simple explanations and live demo. Our deepest appreciation to him for his time and efforts to present this segment for the benefit of our students and parents and kudos to the boys who helped demonstrate the various nadais.

Our sincere thanks again to our core volunteer team for helping with all of the event day logistics all through the year, and CCC is so grateful to them for their enthusiastic support. They do NOT gain any special advantage for helping out and some don’t even have children performing in CCC now (they’ve graduated or stopped learning) so it’s incredible that they continue to support us, hats off to you team! You are an inspiration to many of us around you!

Pictures (courtesy of Prasanna N): https://photos.app.goo.gl/2crjAkuMheFqBuDI2

Video excerpt (courtesy of Vidya A): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyDmq6-w3UQ

Please save January 14th Sunday (2pm to 5pm) as we plan to kick start 2018 with an interesting initiative, on-the-spot accompaniment. Wishing you and your family a joyous Holiday season and a very happy New Year!

Regards,

Padma Mohan


November CCC, Sunday 12th 2017

posted Nov 16, 2017, 10:17 PM by CCC Editor   [ updated Dec 12, 2017, 11:37 AM ]


 Performers :

Chinmayee Iyer (student of Smt. Jaya Narahari)

Nandhan Natarajan (student of Sri. Niranjan Krishna)

Meera Iyer (student of Smt. Nandini Ramamurthi)

Niyati Sriram (student of Mambalam Sisters (Smt. Chithra Sathish)

Shashvath Iyer (student of Sri Paduka Academy)

Preetha Kumar (student of Ms.Ananya Ashok)

Meera Bharat (student of Sri Paduka Academy)

Shraddha Srinath, Sravya Srinath, Ananya Rao (students of Smt. Savita Rao&Smt. Kannamma Kothandaraman)

Shreya Anand (student of Chinmaya Sisters & Smt. Nandini Ramamurthi)

Jyothi Shankar (student of Smt. Snigdha Venkatramani)
 String accompanists: 

Alaap Rag (violin)

Ananya Devanath (veena)

Apurva Anand (violin)

Kavya Kodungallur (veena)

Prahlad Saravanapriyan (violin)

Sahana Prasanna (violin)

Srishiva Manikantan (violin)

Urmika Balaji (violin)

Vittal Thirumalai (violin)

Yogitha Balasubramanian (violin)
 Percussion accompanists:

Akshay Aravindan

Anirudh Rao 

Rahul Swaminathan

Rajeev Devanath

Rishi Kodungallur

Sachin Venkat

Santhosh Ravindrabharathy 

Shreyas Garimella

Shrikanth Shivakumar

Sriram Subramanian 


Dear Members,

I’m thrilled that our November event went very well, thanks to all our dear volunteers from the bottom of my heart! Very happy to hear that Mohan’s sincere efforts to cover my absence was well received, we probably have a fan club for his humorous emceeing!! 
Nami’s support was definitely a huge factor and our sincere thanks to him too. 

I heard from many that the performers did a great job, will be watching the entire video when I return home. Congrats to each one of our performers (we had so many intros this month) and look forward to watching all your performances. 

Please see precious clicks from Prasanna here - Nov-2017 CCC 
Please see the video excerpts to enjoy snippets from our Nov CCC event, as recorded by Srivatsan and edited by Mohan. My sincere thanks to them both. Hope you like it. 

Please save Dec 10th Sunday for our next event. Happy thanksgiving to all of you and look forward to seeing you all soon!

Regards
Padma 

October CCC, Saturday 7th 2017

posted Oct 9, 2017, 11:26 PM by CCC Editor   [ updated Oct 9, 2017, 11:54 PM ]


 Performers: 

Aishwarya  Yuvaraj (student of Sri Paduka Academy)

Akila Suresh Veena solo (student of Smt Vidya Mouli)

Anchita Ganesh (student of Smt. Kasthuri Shivakumar)

Arjun Subramanian (student of Smt Visalakshi Nityanand)

Avinash Anand (student of Sri Paduka Academy)

Prahlad Saravanapriyan (student of Sri Shivakumar Bhat, Sri Saravanapriyan Sriraman)

Preetika Ashok (student of Smt. Vasudha Ravi)
Rohit Seshadri (student of Smt. Nandini Ramamurthi)

Tejas Chidambaram (student of Smt. Anu Suresh)

Vasudha Iyer (student of Sri Ashok Subramanian)
 String Accompanists: 

Aditya Satyadeep (violin)

Aishwarya Anand (violin)

Ananya Devanath (veena)

Sahana Prasanna (violin)

Shivani Venkatramanan (violin)

Srishiva Manikantan (violin)

Urmika Balaji (violin)

Vandana Chari (violin)

Vittal Thirumalai (violin)

 Mrudangam Accompanists: 

Akshay Aravindan

Akshay Suresh

Arush Gopal 

Pranav Tirumalai

Rahul Swaminathan

Santhosh Ravindrabharathy

Srihari Srinivasan

Sriram Subramanian

Umesh Gopi

Vivek Arvind

Dear members,

I believe the Bay Area Golu season had ended well and it was nice for all to get together at our October CCC event to discuss what happened in each golu, who made what sundal, and who performed what piece in each concert around the bay etc. Of course, our October performers had the most attention as each of our ten soloists delighted everyone with their beautiful renderings supported by our able accompanists and thanks to each of you who made time to listen to them. 


An array of 13 unique ragams were presented by our ten soloists. It was my pleasure to introduce Tejas and Akila to our audience while Rohit, Arjun, Prahlad, Aishwarya, Anchita, Vasudha and Preetika enthralled everyone with their greatly improved performances since last time! We got to hear Shivani for the first time on the violin while our talented CCC pool accompanists did a fantastic job for their respective assignments. Pairing up different accompanists each time for the solos brings out a different flavor and experience and balances out the overall feel, in my humble opinion. My sincere thanks to each of our performing students’ parents’ and their gurus, for their support in making it the absolute best possible performance on CCC stage! 


A big thanks to our core team volunteers for their help in making it a smooth event and thanks to Murali for stepping in to take photos this month and I'm sure you'll enjoy this albumAnand G and Vidya have recorded, edited and provided us this video excerpt clip to reminisce the event and I’m sure this will be a treasure to watch if you could not make it in person. Appreciate the parents of Vasudha, Akila, Preetika, and Arjun for their help with tea, snacks for volunteers. The setup and clean up gets done very fast each month, grateful to our parent helpers who come early and stay back late to help.  


Wishing you all a very happy Deepavali! I’m excited that I’ll be celebrating it in India, after 27 years, with my parents!


Please save Sunday Nov 12th from 2-5pm for our next event!

Best Regards,

Padma Mohan

September CCC, Saturday 9th 2017

posted Sep 12, 2017, 2:57 PM by CCC Editor   [ updated Sep 12, 2017, 9:03 PM ]



  Performers: 

Abinaya Srikant (student of Smt. Charumathi Ramachandran)

Aditi Anand (student of Sri Paduka Academy)

Aditya Bashyam (student of Smt. Kasthuri Shivakumar)

Aditya Satyadeep (student of Lalgudi Smt.Vijayalakshmi)

Alaap Rag (student of Ms. Ananya Ashok/Ashok Subramaniam)

Anirudh Ramadurai (student of Sri Paduka Academy)

Arya Venkat (student of Smt. Nandini Ramamurthi)

Sanika Pande (student of Smt. Vasudha Ravi)

Thejeswini Sai Swaminathan (student of Sri Kolkatta Vijayaraghavan)
 String Accompanists: 

Anirudh Prabhu (veena)

Aparna Thyagarajan (violin)

Preetika Ashok (Veena) 

Sahana Prasanna (violin)

Urmika Balaji (violin)

Vandana Chari  (violin)

Vishaka Ashok (violin)

Yogitha Balasubramanian (violin)

 Mrudangam Accompanists:

Abishayan Thamba Shiva

Akshay Aravindan

Avinash Anand 

Pranav Tirumalai

Rahul Swaminathan 

Sachin Venkat

Santhosh Ravindrabharathy

Sriram Subramanian 

Srivatsan Tennathur


Dear members,

September is surely a super busy month for all and we’ve started feeling the impact already with not being able to keep up with all the various events happening in the bay area (and Sacramento!). But our committed CCC families made time and got together to listen to our September performers and our sincere thanks to them all!


We had nine solo performances, 8 on the vocals and one violin solo. Aditya Bashyam and Aditi Anand made their debut performance in CCC with their divine, virgin music. Rest of our performers, Alaap, Arya, Aditi, Thejeswini, Aditya Satyadeep, Sanika and Abinaya showcased significant annual progress in their music journey, giving us a variety treat, with each choosing a unique raga to share.


Even though the accompanists learn and grow with each of the opportunities, the amount of effort each of our accompanists and their parents put in towards the success of our performances is incredible. They help the students get together for one or more rehearsals, help them learn the content to be more effective, plan out their coordinated outfits (love this part always!), and cheer each other up before, during and after the performance. This brings in the true team spirit which reflects directly in the performances. Kudos to our accompanists and their parents!


I am so glad we managed time in the schedule to host the feature a guru segment again this month. Vid. Sri Arvind Lakshmikanthan presented to our audience, in an encapsulated form, how to go about ‘practice’ and his valuable tips would apply not only to excel in music but also in other activities as well. Our sincere thanks to him for the efforts and time he spent, for the benefit of our CCC members. Smt Vasudha Ravi who is visiting the bay area paid CCC a surprise visit, listened to all the performers and had kind words to share, our thanks to her too.


Our September schedule was so tight that I did not even get to utter a thank you to our dear volunteers who help, on and off the stage, pre and post event! I know they are not expecting that but it is my duty to acknowledge and thank them for all their help and support! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!


Our Asthana photographer Prasanna was back this month to cover the event and here are his lovely captures. Anand G and Vidya have recorded, edited and provided us this excerpt clip to reminisce the event and I’m sure this will be a treasure to watch if you could not make it in person. Many thanks to Sowmya (Arya’s mom) for bringing coffee /snacks and Shreeranjani (Aditi’s mom) for bringing some finger food for our volunteers.


Please save Saturday October 7th from 4-7pm for our next event!


Best Regards,

Padma Mohan

August CCC, Sunday 20th 2017

posted Aug 23, 2017, 12:24 PM by CCC Editor


 Performers: 

Adithya Narayanan (student of Smt. Kasthuri Shivakumar)

Ananya Devanath (student of Sri Paduka Academy)

Deetshana Parthipan (student of Smt. Nandini Ramamurthi)

Priyanka Supraja Balaji (student of Smt. Yogam Santhanam)

Shashank Mahesh (student of Sri. Ashok Subramaniam)

Shrikrishna Shivakumar (student of Sri. Neyveli Santhanagopalan)

Smriti Krishna Swaminathan (student of Ms. Bharathi Palivela)

Sumanth Mahalingam (student of Sri Paduka Academy)

Twisha Sundararajan (student of Sri. Ajay Namboodiri)

Vishrant Prabhu -Veena Solo (student of Sri. Srikanth Chary)
 String Accompanists: 

Aishwarya Anand (violin)

Alaap Rag (violin) 

Apurvaa Anand (violin)

Hrishikesh Chary (veena)

Preetika Ashok (veena)

Sanika Pande (keyboard)

Srishiva Manikantan (violin)

Vandana Chari (violin)

Vittal Thirumalai (violin)
 Mrudangam Accompanists:

Akshay Aravindan 

Akshay Suresh 

Arush Gopal 

Avinash Anand 

Pranav Tirumalai 

Rahul Swaminathan 

Rajeev Devanath 

Sachin Venkat 

Srihari Srinivasan  

Vivek Arvind 

Dear members,

It was such a gratifying event Sunday at our August CCC event as our members filled the divine mandir hall in support of our performers, thanks to each of you who made it.  It was so nice to see some member families return from their trips/vacations to get the local updates from co-members at CCC, which is an additional benefit to attending the CCC events J


We had TEN solo performances, largest in any CCC event history, with 9 vocals and one veena. We introduced three new voices, that of Sumanth, Deetshana and Smriti, which were all honey to our ears! Repeat performers Priyanka (Kalyani), Adithya (Panthuvarali), Twisha (Hindolam), Shashank(Lalitha), Ananya(Todi) and Shrikrishna(RTP) did a spectacular job and their musical progress was unmistakable. We were thrilled to host Hrishikesh after a long gap on the veena for accompaniment, and introduced budding vainika Vishrant, Keyboardist Sanika and mrudangist Srihari, who will join our pool this month as accompanists. Rest of our budding accompanists gave their best accompanying to the aksharam, in addition to coordinated costumes (which make the pictures look adorable as a team). Congratulations to every single one of our August performers!


Our sincere thanks to Namdev Nayak (aka Nami) for giving our children the best ever audio experience even though he gets requests and SOS calls from other events for audio setup. Thanks to Anand Gurumurthy, Balaji Ramaswamy, Srivatsan Kannan and Murali Swaminathan for their help with stage/audio setup. To give a break to our regular photographers, I requested another member parent Ram Athreya to cover the event and he did a fantastic job with a quick turn-around in delivering the high resolution images, I am sure you are all going to love the pictures collection from our August event. Srikanth, Uma and Bhooma took care of the power point slides while Latha and Sadhana held the fort at the back with attendance. Anand worked hard the past couple of days to give you all a glimpse of the event in this short video clip and my sincere thanks to him for doing this extremely laborious editing task (3 hour long content in about 11 mins) for your viewing pleasure. Many thanks to our behind-the-scene-volunteers Radha (FB posts), Vaidy (Budding artist section on website) and Anandhi (home page update on website) for their help every month as well.


Please save Saturday September 9th from 4-7pm for our next event! Last, but not the least, Mohan and I would sincerely like to thank the teachers and the parents for the special ‘surprise’ segment with affectionate wedding anniversary wishes!   


Best Regards,

Padma Mohan


July CCC, Sunday 16th 2017

posted Jul 21, 2017, 1:24 AM by CCC Editor

Performers:
  
Abirami Sambamoorthy (student of Sri Paduka Academy)

Deeksha Venkateswaran (student of Sri. A.S.Murali & Lakshmi Sree)

Pramati Barath (student of Sri Paduka Academy)

Rhea Ram (student of Smt. Snigdha Venkatramani)

Shivani Seshan Veena solo (student of Smt. Jyothi Chetan)

Shriya Ganesh (student of Smt. Nandini Ramamurthi)

Varnika Kailash (student of Smt. Kasthuri Shivakumar)

Vishnu Kumar (student of Sri. Ashok Subramaniam)

Yuvanand Saravanan (student of Sri. Ajay Namboodiri)
String Accompanists:  

Aditya Satyadeep (violin)


Aishwarya Anand (violin)


Prahlad Saravanapriyan (violin)


Preetika Ashok (veena)


Priyanka Chary (veena)


Srishiva Manikantan (violin)


Vishaka Ashok (violin)


Yogitha Bala (violin)

Mrudangam Accompanists: 

Akshay Aravindan

Ananth Kumar

Arush Gopal

Avinash Anand

Sachin Venkat

Santhosh Ravindrabharathy

Shrikanth Shivakumar

Shrikrishna Shivakumar

Umesh Gopi

Dear members,


Let us start off with PRANAAMS to all the GURUs who is an embodiment of knowledge, whether it is at the spiritual level, arts or academics! And a big thanks to all our members who made an effort to attend our July event Sunday, and special hugs to all the grandmas and grandpas who sat through the performances with a big smile.


We had nine solo performances, 8 on the vocals and one veena solo. We introduced FIVE new voices, largest in CCC history in any given month, and each of our new vocalists, Yuvanand, Deeksha, Shriya, Vishnu and Rhea exhibited their talents eagerly to our friendly audience! Our hearty welcome to budding violinist Vishaka and mrudangist Arush who joined our pool this month as accompanists. Congratulations to each of our repeat performers for their beautiful renditions, Varnika (Poorvikalyani), Shivani (Charukesi), Pramati (Bhairavi) and Abirami (Saraswathi).  Our accompanists, however young they are, put together a grand show month after month with a lot of practice and the growth cannot be missed, kudos to each of our 17 accompanists who brightened up the show with their support. Sashwat is back from his India trip now and will be sending his detailed notes on all the performances as soon as he is over his jet-lag as I know those who missed the event are waiting to read it to get up-to-date!


Kudos to all the performers and their accompanists for keeping very much within their assigned duration, and this helped us include an interesting and helpful session featuring three gurus, in an extended feature-a-guru segment. Vidwans Sri Srikanth Chary, Sri Shivkumar Bhat and Sri Natarajan Srinivasan shared with us how learning Carnatic music has evolved over the years and how the music teachers are different than teachers at academic institutions, and also, how parents try to imbibe our Indian culture in children by way of getting them into music classes. We sincerely thank the three teachers for giving us their valuable time and pointers from their perspective in addition to inviting students to share their viewpoints too. Congrats to students Kavya, Gaurav and Akshay for reflecting the student perspectives well, on the questions asked of them.


Our sincere thanks to super enthu audio team volunteers (MSK Balaji, Hari Kodungallur, and Ravindhran who pitched in yesterday) led by Namdev, Barath for the memorable pictures, Uma/Bhooma for the powerpoint slides, Anand G for the video recording to provide an excerpts clip for us to reminisce some moments from the event, and Latha and Sadhana for the membership log work. Big thanks to our parents Meenakshi Seshan, Arthi Narayanan, Nithya Ashok, Sujatha Ram, Sunita VK, for bringing some snacks and tea for our hard working volunteers.


Please save Sunday August 20th from 2pm to 5pm for our next event! Wishing you a wonderful rest of summer holidays!


Regards,

Padma Mohan


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