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Double Stringed Melody For Carnatic Music Aficionados

February 2004
Double Stringed Melody For Carnatic Music Aficionados

The Carnatic Music Association of Georgia (CAMAGA) held a veena concert by Shanthi Rao at the Hindu Temple of Riverdale (HTA) auditorium on January 10.

Rao is an A-grade artist of the All India Radio, Bangalore and is currently visiting the U.S. She uses a unique double stringed veena that allows her to play two melodic tones at the same time.���Rao is a disciple of the veena maestros, Chittibabu and R. K. Suryanarayana. She regularly gives concerts in India at various sabhas.

Shanthi Rao was ably supported by Subashini on a second veena. Subashini lives in Atlanta and is well trained in both vocal music and the veena. She teaches music and trains several young students.

Dr. Ram Sriram accompanied Rao and Subashini on the mridangam. Dr. Sriram learnt mridangam from two illustrious gurus, Sri T. V. Gopalkrishnan and Sri Srimushnam Raja Rao. He routinely accompanies professional musicians visiting from India.

CAMAGA is a non-profit organization with an objective to encourage and promote the growth of Carnatic Music in Georgia. The CAMAGA concert year starts with the celebration of Thyagaraja Aaradhana, usually in the month of February. CAMAGA organizes 6-8 concerts every year.

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