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Muralikrishnan
  N. Muralikrishnan

N. Muralikrishnan, an accomplished Veena performer and teacher, hails from Tanjore District in Tamil Nadu, India. His unique style of playing ("His Veena literally sings..." as many critics write) has attracted several audiences around the world. For the past twenty five years N.Muralikrishnan has brought and maintained the Carnatic Veena and keyboard traditions in the United States of America through his expert interpretation of South Indian Music performance and teaching at various Universities and to the south Asian communities in the USA.

N. Muralikrishnan, a child prodigy, studied music from many renowned teachers in Chennai, India had his advanced Veena training under the
 
guidance of Prof R. S. Jayalakshmi. He obtained his solid music background from several prominent teachers such as Smt. Suguna Varadhachari, Karaikudi Subramaniam, Parur Venkatrama Iyer, and Dr. N.Ramanathan. He received his Master's Degree in South Indian music performance from University of Madras. He received his second Master's degree in Ethnomusicology from San Diego State University and has done PhD work in the field of Ethnomusicology at UCLA.


 
KUZHALMANNAM G. RAMAKRISHNAN
  KUZHALMANNAM G. RAMAKRISHNAN

Born on 25th May 1971 in Kuzhalmannam, Palakkad, Kerala, started learning Mridangam from his father ‘Nadabhushanam’ Sri.K.R.Gopalakrishna Iyer at the age of five. First stage programme at the age of 10 in Chembai festival. 28 years of dedicated service in the field accompanying veteran artists, fusion with other instrumentalists and solo programmes. Kuzhalmannam Ramakrishnan’s name is synonymous with Mridangam (South Indian Percussion Instrument) in the world of music. But he is also a painter, social activist, teacher and a lyricist. More than an artist, he uses his skills in percussion as a catalyst for social change exhalting peace and anti-violence. His marathon experiments in Mridangam intended to sooth hundreds of patients is introduced in many hospitals in
 
Kerala. An ‘A’ Grade casual Artist of All India Radio/ Doordarshan since 1994. Has performed in National Programme of Music, Radio Sangeeth Sammelan including Live National programme from famous Sree Thyagaraja Aradhana Festival, Thiruvaiyyaru.  
 
     
 
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