Dressed in their finest, aunties, uncles, friends, family, and music lovers came out in full force to support local son Rohith Jayaraman and the Grammy-nominated Berklee Indian Ensemble for their performance on April 8, 2023, at Gunn High School’s Spangenberg Theatre in Palo Alto.
Born and raised in San Jose, Jayaraman was part of the Berklee India Exchange program at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, and then joined the Berklee Indian Ensemble, founded in 2011 by Artistic Director Annette Phillip.
The Ensemble was nominated this year in the Best Global Music Album category for their debut album Shuruaat. Their 15-city tour The Shuruaat Tour began in Boston and ended in Seattle.
Musicians at the sold-out Bay Area performance included:
Sharon Renold, Bass Guitar and Vocals Harshitha Krishnan, Vocals Giri Subramaniam, Tabla and Percussion Yogev Gabay, Drumset and Percussion Yoel Genin, Guitar and Buzouki Rohith Jayaraman, Vocals Anirudh Bharadwaj, Flute Annette Phillip, Artistic Director, Piano and Vocals
Sankara Eye Foundation fundraiser
Sankara Eye Foundation (SEF) presented the Bay Area performance, which was co-sponsored by ZeeTV and Chaat Bhavan, as part of SEF’s efforts towards raising funds for one million free eye surgeries yearly to those in need in India by 2030.
Sowmya Sridharan coordinates concert
Sowmya Sridharan, the daughter of Sankara Eye Foundation Founder Krishnamurthy Sridharan coordinated the event. The concert was a way for her to bring two things she loved together under one roof, fundraising for free eye surgeries throughout India, and Indian music.
“When he (Rohith Jayaraman) joined (Berklee Indian Ensemble) a lot of us Bay Area folks paid attention,” said Sridharan. She had been a fan of the Ensemble for some time. After learning about the tour, she reached out to her uncle, Sankara Eye Foundation Founder and Executive Chairman Krishnamurthy Muralidharan, who gave her the green light to organize the concert.
“Sankara has a lot of expertise throwing these concerts,” said Sridharan, describing this one as “a lot of fun. I was having a ball of a time in the back of the audience.”
The fundraising goal was to fund 1000 eye surgeries. “We met that goal,” she added.
Sree Sripathy joined India Currents as a staff photographer and CatchLight Local Fellow as part of CatchLight's California Local Visual Desk program in June 2022. Reach out with story ideas or comments...
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