Priya Purushothaman - voice
M.T. Aditya Srinivasan - tabla
recorded and broadcasted by the Concertzender
Priya Purushothaman is a part of the new international vanguard of young and diverse Hindustani vocalists. Based in Bangalore, Priya is training under Smt Aditi Kaikini Upadhya, daughter and disciple of late stalwart Pandit Dinkar Kaikini. She has had the rare privilege of training in the gurukul style, and her tutelage has been supplemented with advanced guidance from Pandit Kaikini in Mumbai. She has documented her interactions with him in her book, “Living Music: Conversations with Pandit Dinkar Kaikini,” published by Popular Prakashan in January 2011.
Priya has performed at noted venues in India and the United States. Some of these include: the National Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai; Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai; India International Centre, Delhi; Kalakshetra, Chennai; Bangalore International Centre; and Hindustani Sangeeta Kalakara Mandali, Bangalore. In the United States she has performed for the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series; Sangati Center, San Francisco; Seattle Indian Music Academy; and the Chhandayan Center for Indian Music, New York, to name a few. Before studying Hindustani Ragsangit, Priya trained extensively in both Carnatic vocal music and Western classical violin, giving her a diverse musical foundation. Utilizing her training in all forms of music, Priya is committed to increasing musical awareness through educational efforts. She teaches a select group of private students, and conducts workshops and lecture demonstrations.
M.T. Aditya Srinivasan is one of the young and up-coming tabla players from Chennai, India. He was initiated into Carnatic music and western piano at the tender age of 4. However, he found his calling in the Tabla, inspired by a performance of table maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain.
He began his training in Tabla under Shri Rajesh Dhavle at the age of 7 and was the youngest to be awarded the CCRT government of India scholarship (while still 2 years below the age bar). After this he underwent training under Shri Chandrajit under the Farukhabad gharana of tabla for a brief period.
Since 2009 he has been under the tutelage of Pt.Yogesh Samsi (ace disciple of Ustad Allarakha khan) of the Punjab Gharana of tabla as well as Padma Bhushan Vidwan Dr. Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman in the South Indian percussion tradition
Srinivasan has been regularly performing and has accompanied leading artists such as Shri M.Balamuralikrishna, Shri Vinayak Torvi, Sriram Parasuram, Anooradha Sriram, Anupama Bhagwat, Ranjani and Gayatri, Sikkil Gurucharan, Anil Srinivasan, Priya Sisters, Srimati Manjusha Patil Kulkarni, Vedanth Bharadwaj and many others. He has also been involved in many fusion projects, one of which – Zinx was adjudged the winner in an all India band hunt organized by Oscar winner A.R.Rahman.
Srinivasan also takes an active interest in theater and has been part of more than 15 plays with the city’s leading theater groups including – The Madras Players, Evam, Masquerade, Landing Stage, etc. - as an actor, music composer, production and marketing manager and as live musical accompaniment.