Artist Profiles

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    Durga Venkataraman

    Durga is a versatile singer with an impeccable command over her voice. She can render a wide range of songs with consummate ease. She is in the IT profession and counts singing and dancing as her passions in life. Durga is an active member of the Chinmaya mission and seeks to contribute actively to social causes.

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    Swarna Venkatraman

    Swarna has a unique voice and a soulful rendering style that will enthrall you. She has learnt carnatic music from her mother and has participated in many music competitions and dramas during her college days. She gratefully acknowledges the support and encouragement she receives from her family as she indulges in her passion for music.

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    Payal Vaidi

    Payal hails from Mumbai and worships RD Burman and Asha Bhosle. She is never satisfied until she masters a song to perfection. Very choosy with her song repertoire, she selects, practices and masters a song the moment she likes it. Payal has won several awards in school and is a passionate singer with a lively voice.

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    Rukku Ranjith

    Rukku was born in a family which had lots of inclination towards carnatic music. She was trained initially in Hindustani music for 3 years from the age of 7 and later in carnatic music from Girija Marrar and Baby Sriram. Her first introduction as a singer was at the age of 8 where she bagged the first prize in a competition. Thereafter, she has won innumerous awards in various performances. She considers K. S. Chitra her role model and is all praise for veteran Malayalam music director Raveendran. Her love for music ranges from Indian light music to western classic rock. Her fondest memories are from the college hostel times when she spent long hours learning and singing with her friends.

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    Chenthil Gurunathan

    Chenthil has been a fan of light music since childhood. Music has been an integral part of his life and he has participated in a lot of competitions and performances. He considers himself fortunate to have been born at a time when Illaiyaraaja dominated the Tamil music industry, listening to immortal film songs from that era as he grew up. With A.R. Rahman flowering and Harris and Yuvan carrying the torch, Chenthil is clearly on a streak with respect to living through good times! Lest you think that he is a mere idle listener – he is a supremely gifted vocalist who brings the great compositions of these legendary composers to life on stage.

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    Vaidi Rajmohan

    Vaidi takes inspiration from S.P.Balasubramanian. A self-taught singer, Vaidi is a keen learner and constantly improvises on his delivery. With no formal training, this passionate singer considers Sonu Nigam his guru. Vaidi has won several awards in school and is a soulful singer who brings life to all his performances.

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    Shiva Rajam

    Music is near and dear to Shiva with deep family roots leading right up to Thiruvaiyaru (birth place of Thyagaraja Swamigal, also considered as Mecca of Carnatic music). Shiva music career started very early in age with his mother who was a GNB shishya. After undergoing formal training in Carnatic music over several years with various gurus including Shri Prabhakar nephew of the famed Violin Choudiah of Karnataka, Shiva has performed in several classical concerts in Bangalore. Shiva believes "music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life -Beethoven"; that said, outside of his professional life, he maintains a blog @ http://blogs.usindians.com

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    Vishwas Seshadri

    Vish was born and brought up in a family of classical musicians. His passion for singing however was triggered as he listened to Hazir, a ghazal collection of Hariharan accompanied by Ustad Zakir Hussain. Shuddh Saarang is his favorite raag and the best experience in his life has been listening to Asar Usko from Visaal with his eyes closed. Over the last decade his music interests evolved as he gained broad exposure to Hindi and Tamil film music created over the last half century. Apart from singing, Vish also plays Mridangam and Harmonium (self accompanies for ghazal singing).

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    Thulasi Kandaswamy

    Thulasi first got interested in the piano during high school years fooling around with a friend's keyboard. After tasting some initial success with his innate piano skills, he was smitten. This new interest was spurred on by the music scene with Rahman & Ilayaraja leading the pack. He promptly registered at the Trinity School of music, to understand the rudiments of music and to explore western classical techniques. Since then, Thulasi has performed with his college band in venues across Chennai and has collaborated with many interesting artists. He enjoys composing, arranging and mixing his own music at his home studio. These days he is in to contemporary jazz, progressive house, dub step and film scoring.

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    Raj Kanth

    Music has been a passion for Rajkanth since childhood. He started learning guitar when he was 14. During his college years, he displayed a marked preference for the music club rather than more ‘academic’ exercises. Now safely ensconced in the IT profession, Rajkanth nevertheless remembers the nostalgic days of inter-collegiate cultural events and competitions rather fondly. Once also a professional musician, Rajkanth is back on stage. Armed with an electric guitar and immense talent, he is back where he belongs and doing what he does best – producing exquisite music.

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    Venky Sadagopan

    Venky is a talented tabla and dhol player who adds a taste of ‘southern spice’ to the Jersey Rhythms sound. As host of a show of the same name on 89.3 Dhoom FM, he is well known to radio audiences in New Jersey. A resident of Somerset, NJ, and an IT Entrepreneur by profession, Venky is a film buff and aspires to be a thespian. He is the compere of the show tonight, a busy member of the percussion section and the Director of all marketing and brand building efforts of Jersey Rhythms. The stage is his natural habitat – watch out for this ‘class act’.

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    Venky Krishnaswamy

    Venky is a self-taught musician with a deep and abiding interest in music of many different styles and also the technical aspects of music. In addition to being an accomplished composer and performer on synthesizer and guitar, Venky is also well versed in production aspects such as sound design and mixing. He has won numerous awards as a guitarist at inter-university music festivals in India. Venky has also performed extensively in the US and has accompanied several well known artistes from the US and India. He is a research scientist by profession.

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    Arul Yagappan

    Arul claims he is a ‘self taught drummer’. Don’t let that fool you – he is one of the most talented and accomplished performers you will see on stage! Arul is a wizard with his hands and can ‘electrify’ a set of acoustic drums in a hurry. He has performed since his college days and has played with several bands in Chennai. Arul is the inspiration behind Jersey Rhythms, its CEO & chief strategist. As he marches to the beat of his own drum, don’t be surprised if you find yourself following him – straight into a rhythmic trance….

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    DJ Prabhakar

    D Jayakumar Prabhakar (DJ) is the man behind the scenes for all occasions at JR. DJ has been JR's dedicated sound engineer for past 4 years. If the band sounds great on stage (and yes all our fans seem to think so) then he's the man to be credited. Incredibly gifted with a keen ear for the nuances of sound mixing, sound management and audio engineering this software professional has elevated sound production of a live band to an art form. after so many seasons with headphones on his ears and fingers on the mixing console, DJ is now finally stepping on to the stage where his guitar skills will be prominently displayed.

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    John Holowach

    John has been playing music since the third grade, starting on the saxophone, moving on to the bass, then the guitar. He developed an interest in several music forms while doing eclectic radio shows at Bard College, Drew University, and Rutgers University as an undergraduate. This is his first experience playing Indian light music but he has played bass in several rock bands; currently John plays bass, keyboards, and Melodica for the space-rock trio The Cosmic Brotherhood of Ra. John is living proof that music is a universal language – and that musicians are a crazy bunch, ever ready for an adventure!