Mysore Brothers perform Charukesi with refined technical virtuosity and jaunty phrases tapering to a pleading refrain with each phrase and weaving a multitude of patterns and emotions all the way. Don’t miss the tani avartanam (interactive percussion session) by veteran player Srimushnam Raja Rao and RN Prakash towards the end.
Mysore Manjunath and Mysore Nagaraj are among Carnatic music’s leading violinists. Trined principally by their father S. Mahadevappa, they developed a style which they describe as a “blend of emotive appeal, technical mastery and intellectual sophistication with a strict adherence to the classicism”. They perform in jugalbandi duet settings as well as collaborating with a diverse array of musicians both individually and together. On hearing them play, Ravi Shankar described them as the ‘Princes of Mysore’.
Srimushnam Raja Rao received his initial training in Mridangam from his father S. Venkataramana Rao. He was later a student of Shri Kumbakonam. He has also received training in Carnatic vocal music from eminent teachers including Sarvashri Papanasam Sivan, Calcutta Krishnamurthy, and Mayuram Vaidyanatha Iyer. Besides Mridangam, he also plays the Khanjira and Morsing. He has worked as a visiting professor of mridangam at the University of Berkeley, California.
RN Prakash is one of the leading Carnatic percussionists in Europe. He was born and trained in India in Carnatic music after which, during his 30’s, he had permanently shifted to the UK. Apart from being a busy concert artist, RN Prakash holds a prime position as a faculty at the London School of Carnatic Music.
Mysore Manjunath (violin)
Mysore Nagaraj (violin)
Srimushnam Raja Rao (mridangam)
RN Parkash (ghatam)