If an artist's introduction is too long, it perhaps means that he doesn't need an introduction. We're still committing sacrilege by introducing Ganesh and Kumaresh.
The ICFAI Music Festival is being organized by The Alpha Foundation, in association with the South India Cultural Association (SICA), on 21st and 22nd January, at the Ravindra Bharathi auditorium. The festival hosts some celebrated pair of musicians - the Kumaresh-Ganesh violin fusion on 21st January, and the Priya Sisters' vocal duet on 22nd January.
Today, the inaugural day, Kumaresh and Ganesh will be presenting a fusion concert on the violin, with the support of Dhanashekar on the keyboard, Arun Kumar with the percussions and Kieth Peters on the bass guitar. Ganesh and Kumaresh – the ace violin duo of Carnatic Music - hit the headlines in 1972 with their very first stage appearance at the ages of 7 and 5 respectively. Over 3 decades hence, the brothers have more than lived up to the promise they showed at that debut, carving a niche for themselves in a field where violin playing has been taken to heights of international excellence by great Carnatic maestros.
Trained by their father Rajagopalan, an excellent artiste in his own right, Ganesh and Kumaresh completed their 100th stage appearance before the younger brother was 10 years of age. They are the youngest violinists to be recognized by the All India Radio as A-Top artistes. Kalaimamani, Sunaadha Sironmani, Sangeetha Saragnya and the Dwaram Venkata Swami Naidu Award are some of the many titles that have been heaped on them.
Ganesh is also an A-grade vocalist, who gives full-fledged vocal music concerts and has won the admiration of laymen and connoisseurs alike, and has been embellishing his violin concerts with splashes of vocal music that have been much raved about. He has also accompanied great stalwarts like Dr Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Dr Bala Murali Krishna, T N Seshagopalan, T V Shankaranarayanan and Maharajapuram Santhanam.
The violin duo performed extensively in USA, Canada, Germany, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Middle-East, South East Asia, Maldives, Australia and many more countries. And they have taken the audio world by storm with the releases of albums including Uthsav, Vasantham, Nada Tarangini, Shantham, Anantham and Manoranjani.
The Alpha Foundation, a registered charitable trust established by the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India (ICFAI), has been working for the upliftment of the under-privileged population, especially children, in urban slums and rural areas through a holistic approach combining quality English medium education, nutrition, healthcare services, co-curricular and extra curricular activities, vocational training and employment opportunities.
The Foundation also provides an opportunity to performing artists to showcase their talents in classical/folk music and dance through the ICFAI Music Festivals and the ICFAI Dance Festivals. The Foundation has plans to provide such opportunities at district, block and village levels too to revive the dying arts of India.
Entry is by invitations only. Please contact Prakash K Rath at 2343-0294/99480-85054 for invitations and further details.