Presented in collaboration with Asian Arts Agency.
Beginning an evening of Asian entertainment at Colston Hall Smt Durga Ramakrishnan presents the distinctive sounds of South Indian classical Carnatic song and veena accompanied by Kumbakonam Venkatesan on the mridangam, a traditional double-headed drum.
Smt Durga Ramakrishnan is a south Indian Carnatic vocalist and vainika from Chennai. She hails from a musical family and her grandmother Smt C N Kalpakam was her first guru and she has learnt both vocal and veena from her. Later she graduated in Indian Music from Madras University. She underwent teacher’s training in music from Chennai Music Academy. She has performed in Chennai All India Radio and Doordarshan Youth programmes.
She has been teaching vocal and veena for past 30 years. She lives in Bristol and also gives online lessons in veena and vocal to promote distance learning. She conducts workshops in schools on Indian music and culture. She has performed in various venues such as Council House, Bristol City Academy, Bath Royal Theatre, St George’s Bristol and Colston Hall Foyer.
Kumbakonam Venkatesan has been a professional Mridangam artist for the last 30 years. He is a Grade Artist of All India Radio and a degree holder from Tamil Nadu Government Music College, Madras University. As founder of the Kalalaya Music School in Bristol he teaches Mridangam, Tabla and Carnatic music in Southmead.