Dhvani proudly presents a series of Konnakol workshops by Mridangam Maestro T.R. Sundaresan. Konnakol is the art of vocalizing rhythmic syllables in Carnatic music. It is invaluable in developing improvisational skills and strengthening kala-pramaanam in students of Carnatic music. This is a series of free workshops open to all students in the community.
Please RSVP by Aug 10th. Donations to Dhvani are welcome.
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Artist Bio T.R. Sundaresan has 4 decades of experience in the field of Mridangam, a percussion instrument of Carnatic music. He had initial training from his father late Sri. T.V. Rangarajan and later underwent training in the “GURUKULA” system under the Mridangam Maestro ‘PADHMASHREE’ Dr.Yella Venkateswar Rao for 10 years. He is a graded artist of ‘All India Radio’ and ‘Doordarshan’. An established artist, he has accompanied many stalwarts both nationally and internationally on prestigious festivals. As an outstanding artist from the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) panel, he has performed for international events such as ‘Festival of India’.
He has performed in various organizations such as Tropen Theater Amsterdam, House of World Cultures Berlin, BBC Radio London, SIFAS Festivals Singapore and Carnatic music Composers’ Festival pan Australia. He has served as professor at Kalashetra Art Foundation, Chennai as well as Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society (SIFAS) for over 28 years. Currently, he serves as a guest Mentor for the specialized field on ‘LAYAM’ at Kalashetra Foundation Chennai and the Tamil Nadu Music Fine Arts University in Chennai. He has been mentoring students in India and abroad.
He has co-authored two books along with Mr.Ludwig Pesch from Germany a Carnatic flutist and an eminent musicologist – ‘Eloquent Percussion’ by Ekagrata Publications and ‘A Companion To South Indian Classical Music’ by Oxford Publications. Musical features Giri Sankeerthana Sangamam and Nava Mridanga Tarang are his innovative productions. Has composed many Rhythm structures for dance ballet. In the year 2005 as prayer to mother nature, he performed the ‘MRIDANGA MAHA YAGNAM’ for 42 hours continuously, which got a mention in the Singapore Books of Records. He has composed a musical orchestration “Prayag – A confluence of Rivers”. He is a Founder and secretary of Sannidi Academy of Music and Arts, a platform for performing arts.