Indian classical, Carnatic concert with Amritha Murali coming to Bryn Mawr

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Editor’s note: Ticket received the following information through an email: (Original story is below)

To promote Carnatic music appreciation by our young generation, we
are pleased to let you know you can buy tickets free of cost for
students and children at
for the Amritha Murali Carnatic Vocal concert starting in a few hours
– May 17 at 4:30 PM at Agnes Irwin School.

More details about the concert are available at




A rising, younger generation star of Indian classical music is on her way.

Lauded by online commentators in India for her faithfulness to traditional Carnatic music (a style associated with southern India), singer Amritha Murali is in the U.S. and scheduled to appear in a concert presented by the Sruti Indian music and dance society of the Philadelphia region at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17, in the Agnes Irwin School’s West Wike Theater, 275 S. Ithan Ave., Bryn Mawr.

She will be accompanied by Ranjani Ramakrishnan on violin and Vinod Seetharaman on the mridangam (a percussion instrument).
An award-winning vocalist and violinist, Murali has observed that audiences at her concerts in Europe and America are not all “Indian immigrants,” and that they seem to appreciate the music more.

Amritha Murali. Submitted photo

Amritha Murali. Submitted photo

“It’s an event you don’t get to hear every day, so they pay attention more,” Murali said in a phone interview. “I always try to be true to the core of the artform. I try to preserve what has been given to me, without tampering with the original quality of it.”
A centuries-old artform with thousands of songs, Carnatic music is sacred in nature and musicians usually begin training at a young age. However, Murali said, even though she came from a musical family, by Indian standards she was older than most when she started her training — somewhere between 8 and 9 years old.
Long-form raga improvisation is an integral part of Indian classical music, which also goes for vocal music.  Murali said that when that time comes during a concert, she draws from songs she learned from her teachers. She credits listening to, and studying a lot of music for developing that skill.

“Even if you don’t know the meaning of the lyrics, you can still sing. Yes, I believe in God … I do like to know the meaning of the lyrics I’m singing. I loved to sing all my life. I enjoy studying too,” said Murali, who has a master’s degree in financial management and lives in Chennai in the state of Tamil Nadu.

Tickets are $25, ($20 for Sruti members), $15  for seniors and students, $5 for children 4-18. Go to www.sruti.tix.com, call (267) 797-7006 or email srutiphila@gmail.com.

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