The 4th Arohi Music Festival – Brampton, 17th September 2016

By Deepali Rana

We are happy to launch 4th Arohi music festival in Brampton on 17th September 2016. The concept behind Arohi is primarily to give platform to local aspiring music students along with more senior musicians.

Our event will be presented in 3 parts this year. We start with vocal performance from Vandana Vishwas and students in Program A.

Winner of US Indies, Marty and TEM’s Toronto Best World CD awards, Vandana Vishwas is formally trained in Hindustani Classical Vocal music but specializes in composing and singing Sugam Sangeet. 

Vandana has released two critically acclaimed and award winning original self-composed, produced and sung music albums – ‘Meera The Lover’ in 2009 and ‘Monologues’ in 2013, the latter being launched in India by Suresh Wadkar.

Vandana was an All India Radio artist and has also performed on Doordarshan (Indian National TV) and the prestigious Acharya Brihaspati Sammelan in Mumbai before she left India.

Apart from composing and performing, Vandana also teaches Indian Classical vocal music to aspirants in GTA.

Presently, Vandana is working on her third full length music album due to be released by end of 2016.

Later for Program B, on Violin we have Jayadevan Nair, who is Indian born Canadian Violinist who hails from a family of artists, his grandfather Abhayadev was a well-known name in Malayalam film and literary world. He started learning violin at a young age and by the time he became a post graduate academically, he had travelled worldwide accompanying renowned artists for music concerts including the legendary Dr. M Balamurlikrishna, Dr. KJ Yesudas, TM Krishna to name just a few. The famous Invisible records released Jayadevan’s several CDs of Carnatic music, jugalbandi and fusion.

His latest album “Entwined” was released in Toronto in 2013. He was awarded from Mahatma Gandhi University for the top talented youngster in 1991. Jayadevan arranged and conducted fusion music programmes with western artists in the prestigious Toronto Jazz Music Festival, Harbourfront Festival, Toronto Music Garden Festival, MOSAIC, IIFA Bollywood awards etc. He was a director of the Indian Panorama Canada since 2004. He also has his own music school called Sariga Music, Arts and Creations.


Dr. Sriram Suryanaran – on Mridangam.

Having been under the tutelage of renowned Mridanga Vidwan Guru T S Nandakumar for over a decade, Sriram has carved out a niche for himself as an accompanist for both classical music and dance performances. He has accompanied several musicians like Dr. N Ramani, T N Krishnan, KJ Yesudas and Zakir Husain. He has won several music competitions, is a graded artist of All India Radio and was awarded the prestigious Junior Fellowship in music by the Gove of India. He has been regularly performing on AIR and leading music organizations in India and North America. He has also been teaching Mridangam to students in GTA for several years. He has excelled in academics as well with a Ph.D. in Chemistry and is a qualified Project Management Professional (PMP).


TN Radhakrishnan on the Ghatam:

He was born in a family of rich musical tradition and discipline. He learned from his father, late Shri G Narayanaswamy and has also received training under TV Gopalakrishnan and Parsala Ravi. He started accompanying leading musicians on the Ghatam since the age of 11. He has composed and leads the famous percussion ensemble “Laya Vadhya Thyarangam” which contains Violin, Flute, Mridangam, Manjira, Ghatam, Muharsang, Tabla, Chenda, Edakka and Konnakol.

He is a Ganabhooshanam in Mridangam for RLV Music College, Tripunithura and a Ganapraveena in Mridangam from SST Music College Trivandrum. He is currently working as a lecturer in Mridangam in RLV College of music Tripunithura.


In Program C we have the talented Indrajit Roy Chowdhury, who is an exponent of the Rampur senia gharana in the lineage of Pt Birendra Kishore Roy Chowdhury and Pt. Subroto Roy Chowdhury. Indrajit’s primary training has been in the veen-kar style of sitar which is not very common these days. Currently residing in NY, USA he maintains a busy schedule of performances across India, Europe and USA. Indrajit has been on the visiting faculty of the renowned department of Indian Classical Music at the University of Pennsylvania. As a collaborative artist, Indrajit has performed with distinguished artists of different genres such as jazz, great Wynton Marsalis. The collaboration with jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra was shown in the film Song of Lahore.

He is accompanied on tabla by Kiran Morarji, who is an established tabla player from Mississauga. He is amongst the most active and sought after tabla player in Canadian and International scene. He is from the Punjab gharana, currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Indian Classical music. Also a very strong educational background with a degree in finance and mathematics, and a master’s degree in Ethnomusicology.

Tickets at the door: $50.00 for Row A and $20.00 for General seating.

Early bird discounted tickets at $15.00 before 31 August.

Contact: Mahesh: 416 835 9885; Pradipta: 905 507 1357; Deepali: 647 692 6512; Anupam: 905 627 7496