Chandramouli is a ninth generation vina player in the Karaikudi Vina tradition. Born in a family of teachers and performers, he learnt vina from his mother Lakshmi Ammal, daughter of Karaikudi Subbarama Iyer, the elder of the illustrious Karaikudi Vina Brothers. Music was part of growing up in the family and Chandramouli supported his mother in teaching vina. He was inspired by the methodology that his father adopted as a middle school teacher. Chandramouli's passion to teach developed from this background. Following his marriage to Sreevidhya, the tenth generation descendent, he further enriched his musical experience. Together with Sreevidhya Chandramouli, he teaches both vina and vocal in the pacific northwest. He enjoys setting to tune Tamil poems and reviving compositions.
An independent software consultant, Chandramouli firmly believes that Arts & Science are central to the development of individuals from childhood. Chandramouli produced recordings of the Karaikudi Vina Tradition under the label SonicSoul Acoustics. Chandramouli Narayanan and Sreevidhya Chandramouli are founding members of Dhvani.
Archana Srikanth is a student of Sreevidhya Chandramouli. She has been enjoying learning and practicing Carnatic music in Portland for over a decade. She believes that learning art forms plays a vital role in cultivating active engagement within an individual. This starts the process of self-inquiry and critical thinking contributing to character building. Through her involvement in Dhvani, she hopes to create an awareness for a holistic approach to education where students young and old learn to enjoy the process of learning. Along with her husband Srikanth and her two sons, she hopes to continue a lifelong journey of learning and building a community around her.
Archana works as a Clinical Pharmacist for the VA Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. She has an MBA in Healthcare Administration.
Bharani comes from a family background with deep involvement in classical music where family events invariably turned into musical gatherings. Although he enjoyed singing from childhood, serious pursuit began under Sreevidhya Chandramouli since 2002 when he started his engineering career in Oregon at Intel. He has been learning both vocal and veena under Sreevidhya Chandramouli and Chandramouli Narayanan in the Karaikudi tradition. Bharani values that learning musical art form fuels his personal growth. He enjoys his musical journey with his family and plays in tandem with his son on veena.
A regular volunteer at Dhvani, Bharani joined the board in 2016. Bindu Malini
Bindu, who holds an engineering degree in computer science, is the parent of a music student and has experienced the benefits of Dhvani's programs for many years. As someone who believes that art nourishes the soul and is necessary to educate the whole child, she strongly identifies with Dhvani's mission. She grew up in a community that valued music, poetry, and other art forms, and Dhvani has been instrumental in providing a similar environment for her family in the United States. Besides being a student of Carnatic music, she also enjoys gardening and photographing birds.
Sandhya comes from a family background in Carnatic music. She was inspired watching her grandfather's attempt at turning day-to-day conversations into musical phrases. Observing her grandfather partake in bhajans singing and listening to her mother sing Tirupugazh and other compositional forms was an integral part of Sandhya's growing up. She continues to foster her interest in Carnatic music along with her daughter learning under Sreevidhya Chandramouli. Sandhya identifies with the meditative and uplifting quality of programs that Dhvani brings to the community.
Sandhya is a research professional at VA Portland Healthcare System.