Shantala Subramanyam born in Bangalore, was raised in Chennai,
heartland of Carnatic music, renowned for its emphasis on
improvisation on beautiful ragas within a highly evolved rhythmic
vocabulary. She plays the VENU, a Carnatic bamboo flute, and itís an
instrument with a warm sonority.
Shantala displayed keen interests in music when she was only an year
old and like many Carnatic musicians, Shantala started playing in
early childhood under the guidance of her father M N Subramanyam,
himself an amature musician and her brother Shashank, an eminent
flute artist. It was also her good fortune to be trained by eminent
performers - vocalist late Sri. Vairamangalam Lakshminarayanan and
is currently pursuing vocal music training under Sri O.S.Thyagarajan
and Sri T V Gopalakrishanan. She is grateful to the famed South
Indian drummers Trichur Sri.Narendran, Patri Satish Kumar and
Parupalli Phalgun for imparting rhythm training, spread over a
Owing to her diligent training and hard training, Shantala has been
highly appreciated for her melodic presentations combined with
complex rhythmic patterns. Today, sheís recognized as an important
and authentic voice in this demanding tradition and this view has
been echoed by music critiques.
Aditi Krishnaprakash hails from the princely city of Mysore and is
an accomplished Carnatic Classical violinist. She is a disciple of
violin maestro HK Narasimha Murthy.
Aditiís style of playing is known for its aesthetic approach, rich
tone and artful bowing.
Aditi is an "A" grade artist of All India Radio and is a much sought
after violinist. She has performed at prestigious venues across
India and abroad.
Anirudha Bhat started learning Mridangam at the age of 12, under the
tutelage of Vid. M V Mohon and currently pursuing advanced training
under the able guidance of Vid K U Jayachandra Rao, who hails from a
lineage of the legendary mridangam maestro Sri Palakkad T S Mani
Iyer. A graded artist of All India Radio, Anirudh has provided
Mridangam accompaniment to many eminent musicians and has toured
widely for concerts and music workshops with Shantala Subramanyam.
He appears on various television channels that feature Carnatic
classical music. He has also performed many double Mridangam
concerts with his Guru.