Mysuru, December 7:- Ganabharathi is organising Vidhushi Veene Chokkamma Memorial Veena Concert
on December 11 at 6 pm. Vidwan Prof R Vishveshwaran will give Veena recital on the occasion. He will be accompanied on mridangam by Vidwan Mysore A Radhesh and on ghatam by Vidwan Sharath Koushik.
R Visweswaran is an eminent Veena player, composer and teacher. He belongs to an illustrious family of musicians and scholars, and was groomed in his art by his brother R Seetaram. Visweswaran’s achievements and contribution to music lie across the fields of pedagogy, scholarship, compositions and practical music. Holding a Master’s degree in Indology, he headed the Department of Instrumental Music at the University
College of fine Arts in Mysuru for the greater part of his career. This was the locus of his work as a teacher and the arena for the development of his musical pedagogy. He has written and published extensively on the subject. As a practical musician, he has performed in India and other countries, some important engagements being those at the National Veena Festival in Bhopal, the International Music Conference in London, the Edinburgh Music Festival, the Aberdeen Music Festival, and the Queen’s Festival at Belfast.
Visweswaran’s new raga compositions include Enakshi, Smriti, Antarakaisiki, and Rajarajeshwari. Among his students are Suma Sudhindra, N R Prashant, and Nagamani Srinath. Among his publications are Vaaggeya Visweswari, Facts of Music and Sangeetshastra Rasaayana. For his wide ranging work in music, Visweswaran has been honoured by several organisations. These honours include the title of Sangeeta Choodamani conferred by the Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai, and the K K M M Chowdiah National Award bestowed by the Academy of Music, Bengaluru.
Visweswaran has also received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Tagore Award for his contribution to Carnatic instrumental music – Veena.
Mysore A Radhesh is leading mridangam player. He learnt under Vidwan P G Laxminarayan, and now he is taking his advanced training from Vidwan Mannargudi Eswaran. He has made a name for himself in the field of music for his subtle playing.
Vidwan Sharath Koushik is a disciple of Tumkur B Ravishankar. A young percussionist Koushik has earned a place in the field of percussion playing, stated a press release from T S Venugopal, secretary of Ganbharathi. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)