|VEENA, VOCALS, SCHAUMBURG IL
||VOCALS, DANCE, IRVING TX
||PERCUSSION, MRIDANGAM, KHANJIRA, IRVING, TX
||SPANISH GUITAR, CHICAGO, IL
||VOCALS, DANCE, DELRAY BEACH, FL
Music lessons in Schaumburg, IL are conducted by "Veena Pani" Saraswathi Ranganathan.The curriculumn includes Junior, Senior and Vidwat (proficiency) level Veena and Vocal music lessons. Saraswathi offers training specially tailored for children who are enthusiastic in learning and also for refined performers. Her students have performed at many cultural celebrations across Chicago.
Saraswathi Ranganathan (Sara) brings a fresh verve to Veena rendition with her smooth play, winning praise from critics and connoisseurs alike. Whether it is classical carnatic or fusion music, Saraswathi handles the instrument with ease and aplomb. She has been aptly conferred the name ‘Veena Paani Saraswathi’. The granddaughter of Spashta Gana Kalamani, Gana Sudhakara Late Smt. Sulochana Mahadevan, she had her initial training from her mother Shantha Ranganathan, and advanced guidance from Karnataka Kalashree E P Alamelu.
Saraswathi has been performing for more than 25 years now with several performances and novel music experiments to her credit, presented to a global audience. Sara works with various music groups and independent artists in Chicago and has released her first album The Magic of Veena, which is already popular among music rasikas. Sara holds a Masters in Sanskrit and an MBA from Loyola University of Chicago. She runs her music school, Ensemble of Ragas in Schaumburg teaching carnatic classical vocal and Veena.
Smt. Shantha Ranganathan is an AIR artiste from Bangalore with expertise in Carnatic classical music, Thiruppavai, Thiruvempavai, Raga composition, Bhajans, Sanskrit Stotras and Devaranama.
She believes in equal opportunity for everyone to learn music. She peformed Devaranama regularly on AIR Mysore and Bangalore.
Smt.Shantha is also well versed in Bharatanatyam. She received intensive training from her mother Spashta Gana Kala Mani,Smt. Sulochana Mahadevan. and performed with her Mother all over India. Her recordings of Andal thiruppavai and Vaaranamaayiram are very popular among rasikas.. She is training kids and adults alike, in Irving, TX coaching them for both beginner and senior level Carnatic Music.
Ganapathi (Gana) Ranganathan is a talented, accomplished and dedicated artiste performing Mridangam for over 15 years now. Ganapathi has a natural feel and knack for rhythm that makes him versatile - he handles many percussion instruments like Tabla and Kanjira with ease.
Gana received tranining in percussion from Gurus like T N Shashikumar, Vasudeva Rao and T A S Mani from Bangalore, India. He is presently consulting with Vidwan Patri Sathish Kumar. Gana has won several awards and distinctions and has performed at prestigious venues in India and US. Gana plans to continue expanding his repertoire through cultural exchanges and performances. He performs for all the community musical events and Arangetrams. Gana is training kids and adults alike in basic and advanced percussions - Mridangam, Tabla and Khanjira lessons in Irving, TX, in his unique style.
Vijayalakshmi (Viji) Ranganathan, Bharatanrityam and Carnatic/light music artiste is the Co-founder, Ensemble of Ragas. She is a singer, music producer, creative choreographer. She trained under her Mom Smt.Shantha Ranganathan and in Vazhuvoor style Bharatanrityam from Smt. Sangeetha Sridhar. Her tutelage under Smt.E.P.Alamelu and from her Grandmother, has inspired her to take a dreamy and soulful approach to singing.