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Tsunami & Tamil Eelam

RAAGALAYA Foundation, Inc. &
Pensacola Junior College

proudly present

SANGAMAM - East Meets West


Classical Indian Carnatic Music concert
Western Instrumental musicians
in aid of Asian Tsunami Relief

The concert will present the compositions of the
Trinities of Carnatic Music and Sangeetha Kalarathna Sarojini Sundaresan

Date & Time: Sunday, April 10, 2005 at 7.30pm

Venue: Ashmore Auditorium, Pensacola Junior College

1000 College Blvd., Pensacola

Mrs. Leela R. Rao will present a brief introduction on Classical Indian Carnatic Music.

Participating musicians:

Sarojini Sundaresan - Conductor and Vocal

Leela R. Rao - Vocal and Veena

Dr. Hedi Salanki - Harpsichord

Deanne Harmon - Piano

Sarah Bassa - Violin

George Neidorf - Percussion


Sarojini Sundaresan is one of the most prominent practicing artists of Carnatic music and lives in the UK. She has sung in famous concert platforms in several countries. She belongs to the Alathur style, which is popular for its richness in rhythm and traditional and innovative presentation of tunes. Sarojini has been presented and interviewed by leading television networks in the UK, Europe and India. She is also a very notable composer and teacher, having taught students from various nationalities.

Leela Rammohan Rao is the daughter and disciple of Sarojini Sundaresan and lives in Pensacola. She has been trained in the art by her mother since childhood and has accompanied her mother in all her concerts and also has given several solo concerts. Apart from being a trained classical vocalist, Leela is also a talented classical Indian dancer and has performed widely. She is a Portfolio Manager by profession, being the President of an asset management firm based in Florida.

Hedi Salanki earned a Doctorate in Harpsichord Performance from the Juilliard School, as well as degrees and diplomas from the Liszt Academy, the Bartok Conservatory and Rutgers University. She has performed in various international arenas. She has appeared with numerous symphony groups and Baroque chamber ensembles. She has recorded music for variety of classics and popular music. The wife of Pensacola Symphony Music Director Peter Rubardt, Ms. Salanki is on the faculty of the University of West Florida.

Deanne Harmon teaches private piano in Pensacola. She is a member of the Pensacola Music Teachers Association, Pensacola Music Study Club, and The American Guild of Piano Teachers. She is organist for the Christian Science Church. For eleven years she hosted a show for children on WUWF public radio in which reading and classical music were featured.

Sarah Bossa is a senior student in music performance major at the University of West Florida. She is a member of the Pensacola Symphony and performs with various ensembles around Pensacola.

George Neidorf Drummer, percussionist has played in the U.S., Europe and Asia with orchestras, ballet and opera companies, jazz and ethnic ensembles and the Moscow Circus. He lives in Northwest Florida and is currently studying Karnatic drumming.

Tickets: Adults- $8, Seniors- $6,

Children under 10 and PJC students- Free

For tickets contact: Box office of Ashmore Auditorium @ 850 484 1802

All proceeds dedicated to the Tsunami relief in Asia.

For more information log on to www.raagalaya.org

RAAGALAYA Foundation
Tel: 020 8478 8237 (UK)
      850 437 0907  (USA)

RAAGALAYA Foundation
Tel: 020 8478 8237 (UK)
      850 437 0907  (USA)



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