The annual rendezvous of the J B Group of Educational Institutions is being celebrated on 10th March at the J B Institute of Engineering & Technology. Called InXs '08, it marks the annual day of the J B Group of Educational Institutions, including J B Institute of Engineering & Technology, Joginpally B R Engineering College and Bhaskar Medical College. On this occasion, the annual college magazine Sphoorti 2008 will be released by the chairman of the group, Joginpally Bhaskar Rao.
The evening starts with the Battle Of Bands rock competition, in which student rock bands will clash for the title. To further fuel the celebrations, there is India's premier percussionist Sivamani performing live at the campus.
Anandan Sivamani, popularly known as Sivamani, is an Indian Tamil percussionist. He plays many instruments including drums, Octoban, Darbuka, Udukai and Kanjira. He began drumming at the age of 7, and started his music career at the age of 11, and later shifted to Mumbai. He was inspired by Noel Grant and Billy Cobham.
Sivamani's earliest experiments with music were with Carnatic maestros including Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan, T V Gopalakrishnan, Valliyapatti Subramaniam and Pazhanivel, and L Shankar. The tabla player Zakir Hussain invited him to share the stage with himself and Trilok Gurtu at a fusion concert in Mumbai.
Sivamani has since collaborated with several musicians including Louis Banks. He has done world tours with A R Rahman, and collaborated with him for Bombay Dreams. He has also been a part of a musical group called Shraddha, which comprises Shankar Mahadevan, Hariharan, U Srinivas and Loy Mendonsa.
Shivamani has a music band named "Asia Electrik" with Nilathri Kumar, Louiz Banks and Ravi Chari. He also plays at another world music band named "Silk & Shrada". Sivamani has played the drums for many notable film score composers hailing from Tamil Nadu including A R Rahman and Ilayaraja, and for many Indian films including Roja, Rang De Basanti, Taal, Lagaan, Dil Se, Guru and Kabul Express.
The entry is free for everyone. Please contact 93916-07725/98490-98231/99851-29129 for further details.