We, the Carnatica Brothers K.N.Shashikiran & P.Ganesh, are South Indian Classical duo singers. We live in Chennai, but hop around the world for most part of the year, performing concerts, lecture demonstrations, conducting workshops and camps and teaching our students around the world! If you'd like to contact us for performances or if you'd just like to say hi, feel free to mail us at carnaticabrothersatgmaildotcom! :)
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Carnatica Brothers March - May 2012 US tour itinerary

March 2012

16th - Hindu Temple- Fort Myers, FL
17th - Swaralaya - Tampa Bay, FL
20th - Rasika - Portland
24th - Mahalakshmi Temple, Delaware
25th - Muthuswamy Dikshitar Day - Bridgewater
31st - San Diego Music Festival

April 2012

01st - Houston Thyagaraja Aradhana – Carnatic Master Mind quiz & presentation in the morning - 4.00 pm- Tribute to Smt.T Brindha & Shri. Palghat Mani iyer - 5.15 pm - Carnatica Brothers concert - Houston, TX

02nd - Appreciation of nuances in carnatic music - SPIC MACAY - Lecture Demonstration – Berkley, CA
07th - Sruthilaya - New York
09th - Cleveland Thayagaraja Aradhana, OH
12th - Kent State University
14th - Thyagaraja Aradhana - Columbus, OH
15th - To be confirmed
20th - Louisville, Kentucky
21st - Pittsburgh
27th to 29th - SV Temple – Carnatic Star - Minneapolis Fest , MN

May 2012

4th to 6th – Chicago, IL
12th – Atlanta, GA
13th - Ranganatha Temple – Pomona, CA

Stay in loop for more updates...

Musically,
KNS
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Carnatica Brothers - Concert updates

UK Trip - 22 July to 2 August, 2011

July

22nd - Leeds, West yorkshire, UK
23rd to 1st August - Workshop at Tamil School - 9:00am to 4:00pm
30th - Special workshop & Lec - dem Concert - 6:00pm - Rasikalaya
31st - Shiva Temple - 6:00pm - London

August

3rd - Back to India
4th - 6th - Carnatica's 'Pallavi Darbar' - Mylapore Fine Arts Club
5th - Hyderabad
9th - Anjaneya Fest - Tanjore
10th - Narada Gana Sabha - Karur
14th - 'Dr. Balamuralikrishna 80' celebrations - Chennai Fine Arts - Arkay Convention Centre, Mylapore
17th - Dr. Rukmani Ramani compositions concert - Narada Gana Sabha (Mini hall), TTK Road
19th - Ragavendra Aradhana - Raghavendra temple - T Nagar
20th - Krishna Fine Arts - Nanganallur
21st - Nayaki Fest

August 22nd - September 28th, 2011 - US Tour
27th & 28th - Sringeri Vidya Bharati Foundation -Contest & workshop - Stroudsburg

September

11th onwards - Annamayya Special concert & workshop - Cleveland, Ohio
Workshop and examinations for the students of School of World Music & Dance, Detroit. - more details will be updated...

October

1st to 6th - Navarathri Concerts in Kerala
29th to November 6th - Bharat Sangeet Utsav 2011 in Chennai and other cities. More details will be updated soon...

December

8th to 17th - Carnatica's Global Cultural Fest - Hare Krishna Centre, Thiruvanmiyur
8th - Bharath Kalachar
13th - Mylapore Fine arts Club - 4:00pm
16th - Sri Parthasarathy Swamy Sabha - Inaugural concert - 6:45pm - Vidya Bharati hall, Mylapore

19th - Jaya Tv's Margazhi Maha Utsavam
22nd - Chennaiyi Thiruvaiyaru - Kamarajar Arangam
23rd - Narada Gana Sabha - 7:30pm - TTK Road, Chennai

25th - Sri Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha - Vani Mahal
26th - Indian Fine Arts - 4:30pm
27th - Karthik Fine Arts - Tamizh Isai Vizha - 4:00pm - Anna Nagar, Chennai
28th morning - Saraswathi - Narada Gana Sabha (Mini hall) - Music & Mathematics (Lec-Dem)
evening - Sri Ranjani Sabha - R K Swamy Hall, Mandaveli
29th - Lions Club Music Fest - Kumbakonam
30th - Nadhasudha - Sri Ganapathi Sachidannanda Ashram - Velachery
31st - Sri Panchamukha Anjaneya fest, P K Mahal, Mylapore
- Carnatica's Eastern Ethnic Newyear Bash - The Music Academy - 10:00pm onwards..

January 2012

1st - Rasika Fine Arts (Morning) - Chennai Fine Arts (Evening)
3rd - Aasthika Samajam
5th - Prabahadha Sangeetham (Morning Ragas, Chamber concert)



April 2012



12th - KENT STATE UNIVERSITY, USA


stay tuned to get more updates about our concert schedule....

Musically,
K N Shashikiran
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Kalaimamani Awards announced by Govt. of Tamilnadu...

The Govt. of Tamilnadu has annonunced the 'Kalaimamani' awards on 28th Jan 2011. Click here to find the official press release http://www.tn.gov.in/seithi_veliyeedu/pr28Jan11/pr280111_94.pdf
I dedicate the kalaimamani award to all my gurus and thank all my well wishers for their support and hope will strive to work harder to contribute more towards the cause of carnatic music....... My hearty congratulations to my fellow musicians, TVG Sir, Gayathri Girish, Rajesh Vaidya, N.S Rajam, Thiruvarur Swamynathan and others who will be receiving awards with me.

Musically,
K N Shashikiran
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Carnatica Brothers US Spring Tour 2011

March 9th - May 22, 2011

March 2011

04th – Workshop, Delaware

05th – Mahalakshmi Temple, Delaware

06th – Charlotte

09th – Urbana, Champaign
10th – Louie Ville, Kentucky
12th - Columbus, Ohio
13th - SIFA, San Jose
19th – SIMA

20th – San Diego (To be confirmed)

26th – Kannada koota, Bay Area (To be confirmed)

April 2011
02nd – Learn Quest festival, Spl Concert by K N Shashikiran, Kiranavali, P Ganesh (Chitravina), Boston
09th – Indian Music medley, SPICMACAY, Stansford University

10th – SAHANA, Sacramento
16th –‘ Ragamalika’ - Special Carnatic – Film based melodies with Subhasree Tanikachalam & group Tamil Sangam, Detroit

17th - –‘ Ragamalika’ - Special Carnatic – Film based melodies with Subhasree Tanikachalam & group Tamil Sangam, Atlanta
Apr 21st to May 1st 2011, Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana

24th - –‘ Ragamalika’ - Special Carnatic – Film based melodies with Subhasree Tanikachalam & group Tamil Sangam, Columbus
27th - Cleaveland Concert
30th – Sringeri, Stroudsberg


May 2011

01st –‘ Ragamalika’ - Special Carnatic – Film based melodies with Subhasree Tanikachalam & group Tamil Sangam, New jersey
06th - 08th - Global Music Fest, Oakland University, Detroit

07th – Chicago Tamil Sangam

8th - –‘ Ragamalika’ - Special Carnatic – Film based melodies with Subhasree Tanikachalam & group,Oak Land University, Detroit.
13th – Rochester (To be confirmed)

14th & 15th – Carnatic Star, S V Temple,Minneapolis

20th – Miami

22nd – Barathy Kala Mandram, Toronto

More to be updated...

Musically,
K N Shashikiran

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December 2010 Season schedule

December 2010
07th - 5:00 Pm - Carnatica's Samarpanam, Arkay Convention Centre, R.H road, Luz Corner.
08th - 10:30 Am - Meenakshi College
11th - 5:00 Pm - Margazhi Maha Utsavam, Theme: 20th Century Composers, Kumara Rajah Muthiah Hall, Chettinad Vidyashram.
19th - 9:00 Am - Mylapore fine arts club ; 4:00 - Sri Parthasarathy Swamy Sabha, Theme: Sarvam Sri Vishnu Mayam
20th - 2:00 Pm - Music Forum, Tag Centre, Lec. Dem - Spiritualism in musical compositions
21st - 4:00 Pm - Bramha Gana Sabha
23rd - %:00 Pm - Carnatica's Global Cultural fest, Hare Krishna Centre, Thiruvanmiyur
24th - 2:45 Pm - Chennayil Thiruvaiyaru, Kamarajar Arangam
26th - 7:30 Pm - Narada Gana Sabha
28th - Sri Parthasarathy Swamy Sabha, Lec. Dem
29th - 6:30 Pm - Nadhasudha, Velachery
30th - 6:30 Pm - Sriranjani Sabha

January 2011
01st - 9:00 Am - Rasika Fine Arts
03rd - 6:30 Pm - Papanasam Sivan Academy, Madipakkam
06th - 5:00 Am - Morning ragas, Chamber concert
09th - 7:00 Pm - Panchamukha Aanchaneya festival, P.K. Mahal, Mylapore
22nd - Thyagaraja Aaradhana, Thiruvaiyaru
24th - Kolkatta
29th - BTM Cultural, Bangalore

February 2011
6th -
15th & 16th - Kerala
19th - Hamsadhwani

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K.N. Shashikiran
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Carnatic Brothers Concert Schedule Update

Carnatica Brothers Tour 2012 itinerary

March 2012
16th - Hindu Temple- Fort Myers, FL
17th - Swaralaya - Tampa Bay, FL
18th - Rasika - Portland
20th - Rasika – Portland (Lecdem)
23rd – chamber concert - Manhattan
24th - Mahalakshmi Temple, Delaware
25th - Muthuswamy Dikshitar Day - Bridgewater
31st - San Diego Music Festival

April 2012
01st - Thyagaraja Aradhana – Houston, TX
07th - Sruthilaya - New York
09th - Cleveland Thayagaraja Aradhana, OH
12th - Kent State University
14th - Thyagaraja Aradhana - Columbus, OH
15th - To be confirmed
20th - Louisville, Kentucky
21st - To be confirmed
22nd - SPIC MACAY - Lecture Demonstration – Berkley, CA
27th - SV Temple – Minneapolis, MN
28th & 29th – Toronto, ON, Canada

May 2012
4th to 6th – Chicago, IL
12th – Atlanta, GA
13th - Ranganatha Temple – Pomona, CA
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Carnatic Brothers Concerts Schedule Update

Carnatica Brothers Tour 2012 itinerary

March 2012
16th - Hindu Temple- Fort Myers, FL
17th - Swaralaya - Tampa Bay, FL
18th - Rasika - Portland
20th - Rasika – Portland (Lecdem)
23rd – chamber concert - Manhattan
24th - Mahalakshmi Temple, Delaware
25th - Muthuswamy Dikshitar Day - Bridgewater
31st - San Diego Music Festival

April 2012
01st - Thyagaraja Aradhana – Houston, TX
07th - Sruthilaya - New York
09th - Cleveland Thayagaraja Aradhana, OH
12th - Kent State University
14th - Thyagaraja Aradhana - Columbus, OH
15th - To be confirmed
20th - Louisville, Kentucky
21st - To be confirmed
22nd - SPIC MACAY - Lecture Demonstration – Berkley, CA
27th - SV Temple – Minneapolis, MN
28th & 29th – Toronto, ON, Canada

May 2012
4th to 6th – Chicago, IL
12th – Atlanta, GA
13th - Ranganatha Temple – Pomona, CA
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Carnatica Brothers Spring Tour 2010 Schedule!!

March 2010
5th - Hamsadhwani
7th - Walajapet Venkataramana Bagavathar Festival, Ayyampettai.
8th - Sarvam Vishnu mayam - Thematic Concert - Nanganallur perumal temple
12th to 15th - Carnatica Brothers touring Srilanka
18th - Carnatica's Raganubhava concert - Ragasudha Hall, Mylapore

21st March 2010 - 18th May 2010 US Tour

26th - Nadha Laya Sangamam Music ensemble (Concept & Production by K.N. Shashikiran, Featuring: Chitravina P. Ganesh, R. Thyagarajan & T. Suresh (Flute)), San Diego
28th - CMAGA - 3:00pm, Atlanta

April 2010

April 2nd to 10th Cleveland Festival
6th - Cleveland festival concert by carnatica brothers, 4:00 pm
11th - Sri Venkatesa vaibhavam (thematic Concert), SV Temple, Pittsburgh
17th - Carnatic Star Contest followed by concert by Carnatica Brothers, Minneapolis
18th - Milwaukee
23rd - Toronto
24th - Montreal, Canada
30th - Hare Krishna! Hare Krishna! Krishna! krishna! Hare Hare!! - Thematic music & dance production - Composed & Directed by Carnatica Brothers, Michigan

MAY 2010

1st - Tri city, Tennessee
2nd - Pittsburgh
7th - San Jose
8th - Sacramento
9th - Kannada koota (To be confirmed)
14th - Sai Temple, Detroit
15th - GLAC Thyagaraja Aradhana, Flint
16th - POMONA

AUSTRALIA TOUR

22nd - Workshop
28th - Brisbane

JUNE 2010

5th & 6th - Singapore Tour
12th to 14th - Sydney Music Festival
18th - Kalyani Krishnaswami Compositions Concert

US Tour
20th - Summer Course in Oakland University, Michigan
26th - Spl performance by Anand Salem, Disciple of K.N. Shashikiran

JULY 2010
1st - Summer Course - Middlesex Community college

More to be updated......
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From The Hindu...

During our recent Europe tour, we performed at the Indian Summer festival in Paris, to a huge, appreciative audience. The Hindu recently carried a report on the Indian Summer, with a mention of our performance. Here it is:

'Indian Summer’ in Paris comes to an end

Two-month-long festival of Indian cinema and dance a huge success

Aim was to show films that have never been screened in France before: Martine Armand


Festival ran to full houses; ended with Paresh Mokashi’s Harishchandrachi Factory

PARIS: The sixth edition of ‘Indian Summer,’ the two-month-long festival of Indian film and dance held by the Guimet Museum of Asian Arts here, came to a triumphant end with the screening of Paresh Mokashi’s Oscar-nominated Harishchandrachi Factory. The film received a standing ovation from the jam-packed house.

“We opened the festival with Dadasaheb Phalke’s 1936 epic Sant Tukaram, the first Indian film to be shown in an international festival [Venice in 1937] and, coming full circle, we ended our cycle of Marathi and Malayalam cinema with a biopic on the father of Indian cinema, Paresh Mokashi’s Harishchandrachi Factory,” Martine Armand, who did the programming for the festival, told The Hindu.

Even though the French subtitles left much to be desired, the film, made like a silent movie, had the audience in splits. “I just loved it. It’s fun, it is moving and very inventive. Congratulations to the director,” exclaimed Janine Krause, an avid cine-goer who admits she knows little about Indian cinema with the exception of Satyajit Ray. “We never get to see such films here. This was a treat.”

The festival — which ran to full houses, with many persons having to be turned away because the auditorium could accommodate only 300 persons per showing — concentrated on Marathi and Malayalam cinema d’auteur, 15 films in all, including classics like Jabbar Patel’s Umbartha, V. Shantaram’s 1937 classic Kunku, Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s Kathapurushan, Anantaram and Vidheyan, or John Abraham’s Amma Ariyan. Noted Marathi stage and screen actor Mohan Agashe presented Umesh Kulkarni’s Valu, which deals with a sacred bull gone berserk.

“The films I saw were rich, strong, varied, so very different from the sugary sweet Bollywood cinema that we get to see here. I know India and have been going to Pune and other cities for the past two years, and despite that, this festival was a genuine voyage of discovery. It was a delight,” said Catherine Metais, who first went to Pune as a young exchange student nearly 30 years ago.

Hubert Laot, head of programming at the Musée Guimet, said it was unusual for the museum to hold a festival dominated by film, music and dance. “The museum’s public is a specific one. Many of them are deeply interested in Asian culture and we regularly hold conferences by academics, photographers and archaeologists. This was something quite different and generated huge enthusiasm,” Mr. Laot told The Hindu.

During the two months of the festival, the museum also held music and dance performances. Dipanwita Roy and her daughter Priyadarshani gave an Odissi recital, with the mother wowing audiences with the strength of her abhinaya. Maria Kiron for Bharatanatyam, and the brothers K.N. Shashikiran and P. Ganesh with Carnatic music, also drew record crowds. For Sharmila Sharma’s Kathak recital on November 19, there is not a ticket to be had.

“I am always struck by the strength of the women from Kerala and Maharashtra, and that was one of the aspects of the programming. Kunku, Umbartha and Chitra Palekar’s Maati May have very strong female characters and deal with women’s issues. As far as Malayalam cinema went, the common thread running through the programming was the history of India and of communism in Kerala, as well as what happened during the Emergency. Our aim was to show films that have never been screened or distributed in France before. We chose Harishchandrachi Factory long before it was nominated as India’s official entry for the Oscars and I feel gratified by that. What was attractive about juxtaposing Marathi and Malayalam films was the fact that both States have very strong theatrical traditions and the films balanced each other out, both in terms of their strong content and their extraordinary quality,” Ms. Armand said.

(http://www.hindu.com/2009/11/08/stories/2009110852191800.htm)
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December Season Concert Schedule

December:
3rd - Krishna Gana Sabha - 6:30 pm
5th - Jaya TV's Margazhi Maha Utsavam -Kumararaja Muthiah Hall - 5:00pm
5th - Nalinakanthi - MGR Janaki College of Arts and Science - 6:30pm
8th - Bharat Kalachar - 4:00pm
9th - Sri Ragam Fine Arts - Govt. Music College - 11:30am
12th - Naada Inbam - 6:00pm
13th - Narada Gana Sabha Awards Function
16th - Music Academy - 1:45pm
17th - Meenakshi College - 11:45am
17th - Nanganallur Aanjaneya Temple (Chitravina Concert by Ganesh) - 6:30pm
18th - Mylapore Fine Arts Club - 4:00pm
18th - Launch of Carnatica's Samarpanam Festival - MGR Janaki College - 5:00pm
19th - Kalarasana (Isai Tamizh Vizha Inaugural concert) - 4:00pm
21st - K.N. Shashikiran & Kirnavali VIdyashankar Duet - Sringara Rasa Thematic concert - MGR Janaki College - 10:45am
21st - Karthik Fine Arts - 4:30pm
22nd - Panchamukha Aanjaneya Festival - P.K Mahal, Mylapore - 7:30pm
23rd - Chennaiyil Thriruvaiyaru - Kamaraj Memorial Hall - 2:00pm
24th - Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha (Sri Venkatesa Vaibhavam Thematic Concert)- 4:00pm
27th - Indian Fine Arts Society - 9:30am
27th - Madipakkam Papanasam Sivan Sabha - 6:30 pm
28th - Carnatica's December Festival Samarpanam - MGR Janaki COllege
29th - Sriranjani Fine Arts - R.K Swamy Auditorium, Mylapore - 6:30pm
30th - Narada Gana Sabha - 7:00 pm
31st - Rama Bhaktha Jana Sabha - 7:00pm
31st - Carnatica's Eastern Ethnic Eve (New year celebrations) - Music Academy - 10:30 pm

January:
1st - Rasika Fine Arts - Jaigopal Garodia School - 9:00am
3rd - Morning Ragas - Chamber Concert - 5:00am
6th - Naadhasudha-Velachery - 6:00pm
15th - Bangalore

February:
17th - Hyderabad Music Festival
19th - Chembur Fine Arts - Mumbai

March - May - USA tour
June - Australia tour

Musically,
K.N. Shashikiran
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Concerts in November

13th Nov - Kalpathi Sangeethotsavam - Annamacharya Music Festival (Palghat)
18th Nov - Tirupati
19th & 20th Nov - Coimbatore
21st Nov - Cochin
22nd Nov - Palght Fine Arts

Musically,
K.N. Shashikiran
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We're in the Limca Book of Records!

Ganesh and I performed a 24-hour concert on September 9th and 10th, 2006, as a prayer for world peace and harmony. We did not take a single break during the entire concert and survived mainly on fluids, which we drank between songs! I remember that we sang over a hundred songs and were fortunate to have some great accompanists during the concert. The Limca Book of Records has now recognized the concert as a national record. Here's the certificate we've received:



Oh, and btw, the video in the Video Bar at the bottom of this page was recorded on the morning of September 10th, 2006, about 23 hours after we started the concert.
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Pictures from Europe

In concert at the Amman Temple in La Chappel


In concert at the Theater Du Paris


That's Ganesh. Whoever said striking a pose for the camera aint easy?!


Trying hard to look cool! ;)


Seeing through you!


The Mona Lisa and I smile :)


In concert in France


The Team - Ganesh, Murugabhoopathy (Mridangam), Rupi Sivarajaiyar (Violin), Herbert Lang (Kanjira) and I


Do I look like one of them?!


The Austrian Parliament


The Munich Museum


My spice chai and I


Thanks to Rupi for the photos. More later!
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More from Europe

The Europe tour has been amazing so far! The response we've received for our concerts has been overwhelming! Our concert at the South Asian Arts Museum in France was an unforgettable experience. The audience first wanted an encore and then, in the end, they all rose in unison and gave us a standing ovation - a wonderful moment that I will cherish for a long time to come!

The Munich concert was equally memorable. It was covered by the German National Radio and they also did an interview with me - it was fun! We stayed at the Indian Counsel General's house and I had a great time teaching there!

I've also been having fun composing Pallavis in French, German and also one about the Eiffel Tower, in Tamil!

The Tamil pallavi goes like this in bilahari: paarinil unak eederillai paris nagar tower eiffel! (There is no equal to you in the world, O Eiffel Tower of Paris!)

One of the French Pallavis I composed is in Mohanam and the lyric goes like this: Salut Paris, ville de la beauté et de la culture! (Salutations Paris, O city of beauty and culture!)

We're having a great time and looking forward to the rest of the tour!

Musically,
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The first concert in the Europe tour

Performed in clermont ferrand in france, the first concert in the tour was well received, the we created a pallavi in french in raga abheri which went well with the crowd and we found it interesting. Anyways we will have more to come.... an interesting workshop preceded the concert... so a good start to this tour.... and looking forward to the rest of the tour...

musically, K.N. Shashikiran
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Concert Schedule

  • July 29th - Aug 26th (Mon-Fri) - Carnatic Summer Course (Middlesex Community College)
  • Aug 14th - Aug 16th - Chicago (Workshop for Akshaya)
  • Aug 27th - Sept 11th - Carnatic Summer Camp (Novi, Michigan)
  • Sept 12th - World Peace Concert (Detroit)
  • Sept 18th - Oct 13th - Europe tour (Details will be put up soon!)

Tracks from our albums

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Shashikiran's solo renditions & his musical score for the dance-drama 'Silappadikaram'

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Concert Recordings

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