Chhandayan is proud to announce a collaboration with the Vinayakram School of South Indian Rhythm, USA that will be inaugurated with a South Indian Workshop/Master Class/Performance at the Chhandayan Center. The workshop will be led by T.H. "Vikku" Vinayakram, the famous master of the ghatam, along with his son V. Selvaganesh and several other members of T.H. Vinayakram's family.
Rhythm has always been a quintessential facet of Carnatic music, and in the modern generation of percussionists, perhaps no other individual has mastered the intricacies and the laya endowments of the ghatam to such a great degree as Sri Thetakudi Harihara Vinayakram. T.H. Vinayakram, affectionately known as Vikku, has transformed himself into an international celebrity with his imaginative and beautiful drumming on the ghatam.
Well known as a Carnatic artiste, Vikku came to international prominence as part of the famous fusion group Shakti, and went on to participate in many other international fusion music projects.
Selvaganesh Vinyakaram is the world’s premiere performer on the kanjira, the South Indian frame drum. The T.H. Vinayakram, he is also a veteran of the fusion group 'Remember Shakti' with John McLaughlin. His solo album Soukha (2006) featured all of the members of Remember Shakti, as well as his father and Masters of Percussion sitarist Niladri Kumar.
Selvaganesh is also a major force in Tamil film making circles, composing songs in a beguiling mixture of genres, from folk to hip-hop to romantic ballads, and backed by a wide array of players from all over the world.
Selvaganesh gave a workshop at Chhandayan earlier this year, where he demonstrated South Indian concepts and performed a duet with Samir Chatterjee.