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Sunday, October 19, 2014

2014 September - A short trip to USA for a Concert!

It has been almost a month and still unable to get over the shocking news but have managed to keep my life going with the blessings of my Gurus and with The Grace of The Almighty.

After many happenings i had an opportunity to be in USA for a concert at Wesleyan University on the 27th September, 2014, thanks to my well wisher Sri. J. Sowmiyanarayanan, USA who along with Sri. Sriram Natarajan, Layyasaram coordinated the interest shown by Dr. Sheenu Srinivasan to hold this concert in coordination with CT Raaga Connecticut. This was a Jugalbandi concert with Grammy Winner Padmashree Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (on Mohan Veena).

Sincere thanks to Dr. Sheenu Srinivasan, President CT Raga, Connecticut, Sri. Veer Gopalan, Connecticut -a well wisher, Sri Sriram Natarajan, Layyasaram who were the main sponsors for this concert and most importantly Sri. J. Sowmiya Narayanan, Washington DC who is principally the person who introduced us to Mr. Sriram Natarajan. 

Sowmi uncle was also kind enough to coordinate with all the other artists namely Chi. Kamalakiran on Violin, Sri. Vijay Ganesh, USA on Mrudhangam, Sri. Nitin Mitta USA on Tabla as well the most important Sri. Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and performed as a Ghatam artiste as well. Thanks to Sriram Natarajan ji for performing on Kanjeera. The concert was a well received one with 3 standing ovations received by our team at different times which is indeed a Unique happening!

Thanks to Sri Pradeep who met me at Boston airport, for introducing me to Ms. Bhanu, Boston who was a great Host during my stay with and the rarest opportunity of being together with Pandit Vishwamohan Bhatt ji for few days! The few sessions i had him watching me practice is one of the rare things and the humble person he is had couple of jamming sessions with me, which i feels is indeed a great blessings!