Nirmala Rajasekar, famed veena performer of Carnatic music from South India

The Paramount was thrilled to manage a visit by Nirmala Rajasekar, famed veena performer of Carnatic music from South India, and Thankjavur K Murugaboopathim, master Mridangam player, for four workshop performances.  In the photo, they are preparing for their presentation for the World Cultures Class at the St. Cloud Technical and Community College hosted by Dr. Hillary Vermillion.  Other performances took place on Monday and Tuesday, March 20-21, at the Roosevelt Boys and Girls Club with host Buddy King; St. Cloud State University World Music Class with host Dr. Catherine Verilli; and Kennedy School with hosts Laurie Putnam and Stephanie Peterson.  Nirmala is based in Plymouth, MN but performs all over the world singing and playing her veena, a seven-stringed instrument which is as old as the music itself.  Nirmala’s musical partner in this presentation, Thanjavur K Muragaboopathi, is from Chennai, India.  Boopathi, as he is popularly known, is a master percussionist and one of the foremost exponents of the two-headed Mridangam drum – the chief percussion drum of Carnatic music.  Nirmala was able to come as a result of a Minnesota State Arts Board grant!