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Pallavita, a nonprofit organization, is presenting VivRti, a two-day Karnatik music festival that will offer the Bay Area community a holistic, educative, and festive journey into genre.


The festival has been put together by Latha Sriram, the founder of Pallavita, in active consultation with board members Padma Bhushan P.S. Narayanaswamy and Sangeeta Ratnakara Guruvayur Dorai. VivRti is woven around a series of lecture demonstrations and interactive sessions by T.M. Krishna, and also includes concerts, vocal ensembles, solo performances, and accompaniments by talented musicians and youngsters.

Vidwan T.M. Krishna, a well-known exciting and highly accomplished Karnatik vocalist he has been expanding his performance medium to manifest a more holistic audience experience.

The 2009 Music Academy Awards’ recognition of Krishna, as both an outstanding musician and lecturer, bears testimony to the comprehensive musician that he has become.

P.S. Narayanswamy is the prime disciple of the legendary Semangudi Srinivasa Iyer. P.S.N. is a leading torch-bearer of the Semangudi bani and today, and is recognized as one of the top Karnatik vocal acharyas. He has as his disciples some of the most successful young professional vocalists, including Ranjani, Gayatri, Abhishek Raghuram, and Kunnakudi Balamurali Krishna.

Guruvayur Dorai accompanied Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar for his arangetram, at the age of 8. For themaking his own significant contributions to the evolution of mridangam accompaniment, most notable being the Gumuki.

Almost 20 years ago, Latha Sriram’s parents began to teach their little girl music. What started as a hobby has grown into one of the premier Karnatik vocal schools in the Bay Area. Over the years, Latha has had six highly acclaimed music productions that have presented youth vocal ensembles. Latha Sriram comes from a musical family, and trained with her father, R. Rajagopalan, who continues to be her musical guide. She studied under Rajam while pursuing her graduation in music at Madras University. She is currently a disciple of P.S. Narayaswamy, and has given concerts in India and the U.S.

Saturday-Sunday, April 10-11. San Ramon Performing Arts Theater, 10550 Albion Road, San Ramon. $30 general per day; $55 general festival pass; $35 student festival pass. (510) 459-8252, (510) 490-6141.

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Vandana Kumar

Vandana Kumar is a publishing executive with a 35-year track record in the industry. She leads the India Currents Foundation as President and CEO. As a new immigrant, she co-founded India Currents magazine...