Photos from VidyA Live at SFSU Poetry Center. September 15, 2011.

Had a great concert at SFSU as part of San Francisco State’s Poetry Center. We had special guests Eric Vogler on bass and Howard Wiley on drums. They may have a video of the concert later. More pics and updates to come soon…

Photos by Donna Tung.

Carnatic saxophone concert at Red Poppy Art House in San Francisco, 4/23/10. Song List.

Prasant Radhakrishnan on saxophone, Anantha R. Krishnan on mridangam.

Ethavunara – Kalyani – Adi – Thyagaraja
Hiranmayeem Lakshmi – Lalita – Rupakam – Dikshitar
Adamodi – Charukesi – Adi – Thyagaraja
Ellara Krishna – Kambodhi – Rupakam – Thyagaraja
RTP – Lathangi – Misrachapu
Thillana – Shankarabaranam – Tisra Adi – Ponnia Pillai
Bhagyadhe Lakshmi – Madhyamavati – Adi – Purandaradasa

VidyA at SADHANA conference, Julia Morgan Hall and more


Please join us for a wonderful day of activities Thursday, April 1 courtesy of the SADHANA foundation. Please buy tickets to support this full day of events. I will be participating in a panel discussion in the afternoon and VidyA will be performing in the evening after Srinivas Reddy and New Directions.

Here is the program below and link here

First Annual SADHANA Conference 2010
Tradition as Innovation – South Asian Classical Music in the Next Decade
UC Berkeley and The Julia Morgan – Berkeley, CA, April 1, 2010

LECTURE & DISCUSSION  Townsend Center, Gabelle Room – 1pm-3:30pm

          Welcome – Alexander von Rospatt, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies

          Opening Remarks – Srinivas Reddy, UC Berkeley/SADHANA Foundation

          "South Asian Classical Music in the 20th Century – A Practitioner's Perspective"

Panel Discussion – moderated by Partha Chatterjee and Srinivas Reddy
          Gautam Tejas Ganeshan (Sangati Center)
          Prasant Radhakrishnan (Vidya)
          Sameer Gupta (Namaskar)

FILM SCREENING – The Julia Morgan, 5pm-7:30pm

          "That Which Colors the Mind"  Pt. Nikhil Banerjee documentary
          A Conversation with filmmaker Steven Baigel

PERFORMANCE – The Julia Morgan, 8pm-10:30pm

          Introduction – "Listening to South Asian Classical Music"

          Sitar and Tabla – Srinivas Reddy and Michael Lewis
          New Directions – Gautam Tejas Ganeshan and Anantha R. Krishnan
          VidyA – Prasant Radhakrishnan, Sameer Gupta and David Ewell

A review of our SMU concert

Photo of Prasant performing a Carnatic concert

Prasant performing with Patri Satish Kumar and Thripunithura Radhakrishnan in 2009. Photo courtesy SMU.

Just got this link in my e-mail. Thanks to this student at SMU who wrote a brief article about our performance at SMU back in September featuring Patri Satish Kumar and Thiripunithura N. Radhakrishnan. It’s nice to see a perspective of how the music made her feel rather than a song list and technical breakdown of ragas/talas etc. I was moved. A little excerpt:

The first song starts with Radhakrishnan on the saxophone, and it draws me in. I can feel all tension in the air start to melt away, leaving a sense of raw, unadulterated discovery hanging overhead. The man to the left of me closes his eyes, hums softly, and becomes enveloped in the music. As the percussionists enter the song, Radhakrishnan plays as if in a trance. He and his instrument are one and we as the audience witness a conversation between man and music. It is just extraordinary! There is really no way with words to describe the kind of communication between Radhakrishnan and the notes he is playing around him, or the way that it makes me feel.

The whole thing is at