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Renowned Tirumala artists perform at Saraswathi Music Academy

By Sunita Reddy
June 2017
Renowned Tirumala artists perform at Saraswathi Music Academy


(Left) Smt. Srivani Yalla garu and Swathi Kari, founder of Saraswathi Music Academy.

Saraswathi Music Academy is an Atlanta-based vocal Carnatic music school founded by Swathi Kari. Since its inception in 2013, Swathi has introduced this divine art form to many children in the Atlanta area. Her teaching style is unique and encourages kids to learn and perform. Her students have performed many galaarchanas, a form of chorus where a large number of singers sing the praise of the supreme in unison.

Swathi’s passion for Carnatic music and dedication to teaching has not gone unnoticed. She has been invited to perform with her students on July 12, 2017 at the Thirupathi Tirumala Devastanam’s Naadaneerajanam program in Tirumala, India, which will be televised live to millions of people around the world through the Sri Venkateshwara Bhakti Channel (SVBC).

On April 29, 2017, television producer at SVBC, Sri Madhubabu Yalla garu and his wife Smt. Srivani Yalla garu, a renowned veena player and also the head of the Music Department at the Sri Venkateshwara College, visited Atlanta and performed for the Saraswathi Music Academy students. This event took place in the Sharon Spring Community Center in Forsyth County. Sri Madhubabu is Golden Nandi award winner for best TV feature program Endaro Mahanubhavulu telecast on SVBC, while Smt. Srivani is a “Class A” All India Radio artist. Smt. Srivani is also a cultural attaché to the Govt. of India and has performed in many countries such as the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, and Malaysia.



Sri Madhubabu Yalla garu (left) receiving certificate from Dr. Jaganmohan Rao garu, past president of Hindu Temple of Atlanta.

Sri Madhubabu garu played the mridangam and Smt. Srivani garu was on the veena. The couple mesmerized the audience for nearly two hours with various compositions by Thyagaraja, Purandaradasa, Annamacharya, and others. A sense of bhakti set in. It was a true gift for the music lovers of Atlanta from the Saraswathi Music Academy. Smt. Srivani garu released the Saraswathi Music Academy's Naadaneerajanam teaser video, a small clipping with all participants of the event.




Smt. Srivani Yalla garu (3rd from left, back row) and Swathi Kari (4th from left) with students and parents of Saraswathi Music Academy.

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