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Carnatic Rhythm Workshop - Selvaganesh

  • Chhandayan Center For Indian Music 4 West, 43rd Street, #618 New York City, New York 10036 United States (map)

Selvaganesh and Swaminathan - South Indian Percussion

The famous Carnatic Percussionist Selvaganesh and his son Swaminathan will conduct a 3-session workshop on South Indian Percussion techniques.  The first two sessions of this workshop will concentrate on the theory and calculations of the South Indian Konnakol and Korwai forms.  The third will concentrate on the use of the Kanjeera and other frame drums for playing Kurwai and other South Indian "grooves".

  October 13 - 15, 2017 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
  Friday     8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  Saturday 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  Sunday   3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
(646) 281-4062 /

V. Selvaganesh

Selvaganesh was born in Chennai to Grammy-winner T.H. "Vikku" Vinayakram, a legendary musician and also a former member of the original fusion group Shakti. He is also the grandson of Sri T. R. Harihara Sarma, who founded the Sri Jaya Ganesh Tala Vadya Vidyalaya (Sri JGTV school) in Chennai.  Selvaganesh had his initial training at his grandfather's school and then under his uncle, Ghatam Vidwan Shri T H Subashchandran, one of the leading musicians in the world of rhythm. Thumping into the musical world at age 10, Selvaganesh has been mesmerizing the audience with his immaculate style and innate creativity.  Born into a family of musicians, it is no wonder that rhythm flows in his blood.

Apart from playing authentic Carnatic Music, he has performed in many Fusion, Jazz, Blues, Flamenco, Symphony Orchestra, Celtic Music, Latin Music, DJ Music, World Music, Talavadya (Percussion Ensemble) and Jugalbandhi concerts and has been part of numerous International Music Festivals with renowned Indian Musicians like Dr L Shankar, Dr.L.Subramaniam, Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, He has also worked with many leading music directors in India. He has performed atCarnegie Hall in the US along with Sh T H Vikku Vinayakram and Ustad Zakir Hussain

Selvaganesh gained world fame through tours with John McLaughlin's group Remember Shakti. He helps his father, Grammy-winner T.H. "Vikku" Vinayakram, to run the Sri JGTV school and train a new generation of percussionists. He has also composed and produced albums, and played with the Swedish bass virtuoso Jonas Hellborg and American guitar player Shawn Lane.  His debut international solo album, Soukha was released in 2006 featuring all other regular members of Remember Shakti including John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain, U. Srinivas and Shankar Mahadevan, as well as sitar player Niladri Kumar and Selvaganesh's father T.H. "Vikku" Vinayakram. He has also formed a new group called Dr JSM, with the UK-based Goan songwriter/producer Dr.Joel and the young Carnatic singer Mahesh. Their Indo-Celtic album entitled "Turn on the Dreams" was released in the UK in 2005.  He performed in the prestigious United Nations day in New York in 2009.
He has composed music for Mira Nair’s movies "Vanity Fair" and"Monsoon Wedding"
While the kanjeera appears to be a simple instrument, in the hands of Selvaganesh, it produces a surprisingly large palette.  “He has transformed the sound and identity of his instrument—he makes that thing sound like a huge drum kit—and all the actual playing is done with one hand.”


Swaminathan is the grandson of Padhmasri T.H.vinayakram and the son of
V. Selvaganesh. Being born in a family devoted
to traditional music, Swaminathan started learning kanjeera when he was
4 years old under the guidance of his grandfather and father. He gave his
first performance in a concert at the age of 12 accompanying his

He started his carreer with “issai mazhalai “ an initiative by Abhaswaram
RAMJI, who gave opportunities for young talents to showcase their

He takes pride in playing alongside his grandfather “Vikku ji” in tours around the globe. Vikku ji introduced him into world fusion group “MYNTA”.
His father Shri V Selvaganesh and Swaminathan started doing duo
concerts and the very first performance with both of them together was
held at Goa festival of music in “KALA ACADAMEY” which was
followed by several musical tours in India.

Along with his musical friends and his uncle “V. Umashankar”, he played
during the Chennai super kings’ match held at chennai . And he also
performed in zee TV’s “saregamapa’ and many television shows.

Swaminathan had a opportunity to share the stage with legends like Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Balamurali Krishna, Ustad Zakir Hhussain. When his grandfather Vikku-ji started the group named “3G”, he joined his father V. Selvaganesh so three generations of percussionists shared the stage.

This event is partially sponsored by the New York Council on the Arts:

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