Category Archives: Performances

Carnatic Mini Concert

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After many years, I performed a Mini Carnatic Vocal Concert as a part of Saveca’s Diwali festival. For the past five years, most of my musical performing has been singing for dance – something that is slowly becoming second nature to me. Considering I only had a real week of practicing after my trip to Colombia, and I didn’t have time to get any feedback from my teachers or my musical seniors prior to the concert, I was pretty happy with the way it turned out. Over the past 5 years I have come a long way, but I still have a long way to go. I’m looking forward to the journey.

Note: I wasn’t able to download all the pieces, including my main raagam, but I hope you enjoy this excerpt.

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Ninnukori- Agni Nachathiram

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One of our close family friends Kumar uncle is a great pianist, so his 60th birthday party would not have been complete without a family jam session! Here is Kumar uncles rendition of “Ninnukori Varnam”, with me doing the vocals.

Sivagamiyin Sabadham

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On July 5, 2013, I have been presented the amazing opportunity to perform at the Sony Center Toronto for Madurai Muralidharan’s dance drama “Sivagamiyin Sabadham”. It’s one of those venues I didn’t think I would EVER get to perform at, so though my role is small, I’m REALLY looking forward to it.

In addition to a short dancing stint on TVI Canada, featured in the image above, I was also interviewed by Mississauga News.

Mississauga News Article & Excerpt

http://www.mississauga.com/whatson-story/3849698-thousands-gather-to-celebrate-tamil-heritage/

“…Like Manoharan, Raghavan, 24, has been dancing for nearly 15 years. She’s currently one of the senior dancers at Sri Sanskriti, a large academy in Mississauga.

“Though I was brought up in Canada and did all my schooling here, Bharatanatyam is one of the ways I can connect to my rich traditions. There’s an emotional aspect to Bharathanatyam. More than the rhythmic steps and geometric movements, there’s an acting element which brings life to historical stories and mythology,” she said.

Raghavan is thrilled to be working with Muralidharan and associate choreographer Uma Murali.

“Classes with them have been an amazing experience. Their passion for dance is contagious, and we feel blessed to be a part of something like this so far from the place our parents call home,” she said.” – Joe Chin @ Mississauga News

Highland Dancing & Bharathanatyam Fusion

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Nearly four years ago, I was the president of the “Math Society” at my University. As one of our final events that year, we had our very first charity talent night, where I had also sung “Hallelujah“.

One of the VP’s happened to be a professional Highland Dancer, so we decided to put together a last minute fusion performance. It was pretty fun choreographing in the Hallways outside our Society Office, and it makes me miss campus life.

Chaliye – Radha & Krishna Dance – With Bhavajan Kumar

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It was a blessing and honour to dance with Bhavajan Kumar at the “Radha Kalyanam” event at our local temple.

In this song, titled Chaliye, Radha & Krishna suggest going to the gardens by the Jamuna river. When Radha hears the birds chirping, she thinks “What are they saying”? Krishna confirms that even the birds are speaking of their love.

Video Link:

Radha Krishna Dance – Canadian Radha Kalyanam_- Bhavajan & Srinithi

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A recipient of the Vazhuvoor Ramiah Pillai Endowment Award from the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana, Bhavajan is a Canadian born male dancer who has been learning Bharatanatyam for the past 15 years, and now resides in Chennai.

We only had about 30 interrupted minutes to choreograph & practice before performing, which made the experience fun, and a little stressful!

Bharathanatyam Arangetram Singing

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This past summer I sang for a Bharathanatyam Arangetram, a ‘graduation’ solo performance of a classical Indian dancer who has been training for many years. What originally was a daunting task has now become a summer staple. I have been learning Carnatic music for nearly 15 years, and Bharathanatyam for over 10, so singing for dance was a natural next step.

The first clip is a Ganesh Song that I sang to kick off the performance. The song Sri Mahaganapathim Bhaje Hum is in raagam Ataana.

The second song is a Bengali Song Nrityero Tale Tale, which was chosen specifically for the Bengali Student. This is a beautiful Rabindra Sangeet, which was definitely my pride and joy of the concert. It was my first Rabindra Sangeet, my first song in Bengali, and my ‘source’ was a YouTube Video. I had to listen to each word very carefully, and enlist some Bengali family friends to help me with my diction.

The next is an excerpt of two other songs that I sang.

I have already signed up for an Arangetram next summer, so there will be more to come :)

Maa

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As mentioned in this post about our Annual Charity Talent night, I not only performed one song along with Stephen and Nick, but I performed two! Our second song called “Maa” from the Hindi Movie Taare Zameen Par. This song was originally composed by Shankar-Ehsan-Loy and sung by Shankar Mahadevan himself (Who was introduced in this post), so though I could never even compare to that kindof amazingness, here is my own humble attempt.

The tempo did start a little slow, but I personally thing the song still turned out great. Stephen and Nick provided some amazingly soulful music, which really fit well with the song.

A couple of years ago, I recorded this song along with a Karaoke I found online and sent it to my mom for mothers day. She was so happy!