April 5, 2023

Nirmala Rajsekar

The Indian Music Society of Minnesota celebrates its 30th year of bringing the best in Indian classical music to Minnesota with an exciting Fall 2010 Season lineup. The season begins with a local treasure, Nirmala Rajsekar, in concert on Sunday, September 12, 2010, 5:00 p.m. in the Recital Hall of St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105.

Rajsekar is described as an internationally renowned carnatic vocalist and veena virtuoso, who transcends musical boundaries through classical Indian collaborations with jazz, traditional Chinese and other Western musical genres including a project with American poet Robert Bly.

For this concert Rajsekar will be accompanied by three accomplished artists in their own right, violinist Sri.K.V.S. Vinay, ghatam musician Sri. Balaji Chandran, and mridangam musician Sri. Tanjore K. Murugaboopathi.

Rajsekar is the first Indian classical musician to be named a Bush artistic fellow by the Bush Foundation. She began performing as a solo veena player and vocalist at age 13, and has since performed, composed and taught for nearly three decades.

Now based in the Twin Cities, Rajsekar continues performing worldwide including London, Bristol, Berne, Zurich, Bombay, New Delhi, Chennai, New York, Cleveland, Madison and Berkeley.

Rajsekar was honored by Indian Radio and Television the prestigious ‘A Grade ranking artist’ in 1990. She is listed in the BBC Library of World Albums, and hailed by Indian music groups for her ‘invaluable contributions to the world’ and given the title ‘keeper of the pure tone’ and ‘ the beacon light of veena’.


The Fall 2010 Season continues with Tarun Bhattacharya (Santoor) with Mayookh Bhowmik (Tabla) on September 26, 2010, 5:00 p.m., in the St. Catherine University Recital Hall.

The Malladi Brothers (carnatic vocalis), with B.U. Ganesh Prasad (violin) and Patri Satishkumar (mridangam) will perform on October 17, 2010, 5:00 p.m. in the Nath Auditorium of the Hindu Mandir Temple, 10530 Troy Lane North, Maple Grove, MN 55311. (hindumandirmn.org)

Uday Bhawalkar (Hindustani vocalist) and Sanjay Agle (pakhawaj) will perform November 7, 2010, 5:00 p.m. in the St. Catherine University Recital Hall/

The 15th Annual Aradhana of Twin Cities Artists will be held on November 13, 2010 at Hindu Mandir Auditorium.

IMSOM’s Fall 2010 Concert Series has been made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council’s (MRAC) Arts Activities Support (AAS) Grant, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, the Honeywell “Dollars for Doers” Grant, the Xcel Energy “Dollars for Doing” Grant, and IMSOM members and donors.

These concerts are co-sponsored by KFAI Radio (90.3FM in Minneapolis/106.7FM in St. Paul).

To purchase advance tickets, obtain directions to the venue and read complet artist biographies visit www.imsom.org/events/20100912.html. Tickets are discounted $3 when purchased in advance.

For more information, please visit imsom.org, Durgesh Manjure at 612-360-1991, or email [email protected].

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