Sathya Ramesh is a highschool senior in community college, who is well rounded in the south-indian classical music field and has incorporated science in her musical interests. She decided to join middle college in order to balance her academics and her music. Thruogh this program, she has been able to take college classes, obtaining college credits, to help her become more equipped for college.
At the same time, Sathya has also been playing music for the past six years, and has been learning ever since the young age of six. She has completed her debut concert of mridangam(south-indian drums) in India in her eighth grade, and she had also completed her debut vocal concert during her sophomore years of high school
This summer, Sathya has had the chance to take part in a neurological study, emcompassing her passion for music as well as science. Because she performs three different artforms, vocal, south-indian violin, and mridangam, Sathya proved to be a crucial member of the project, assisting neurologists determine the best instrument to exercise the majority parts of the brain to delay the onset of progressive diseases such as dementia. With these projects that she has been able to complete, Sathya has become an all-rounded person, who is not only college-ready but also ready to take on the world.
Purpose: to see how different parts of my brain reacted to the music I played
Sarvalaghu Percussion Art Center was founded by Sri Ramesh Srinivasan in 1994 in the San Francisco Bay Area in USA. He is the leading disciple of Sangeeta Kalanidhi Sri Vellore Ramabhadran. Ramesh is a Networking Professional and an Entrepreneur in Bay Area; but his passion for Mrudangam was so great that he decided to spread this eternal art of Laya vadhyam to all those who were interested in learning this art form. This prompted him to start the Sarvalaghu Percussion Art Center, which is named in honor of the great Doyen of Mrudangam, Sri Vellore Ramabhadran( the Mentor and Guru of Sri Ramesh) whose Sarvalaghu Baani of playing has been a treat to all the Vidwans as also to the rasikas. For good music, ‘Sruti is the mother’ and 'rhythm is the father'- "Sruti Mata Laya Pita". Percussion instruments like Mrudangam enhance the quality of music rendered and Mrudangam is the only Percussion instrument that has been found in our scriptures and portrays Nandikeshwara as its greatest and first exponent. The aim of this center is to propagate the nuances of this percussion art to all people who have interest and passion to learn, develop and master this Laya Vadhyam.
This center has trained more than 50 students since its inception and is currently having about 20 active students in ages ranging from 5 to 62. They have exhibited their proficiency by participating in various programmes conducted in the Bay Area. The mile stone activity of the center was the unique performance of 'Laya Vinyasam' in which 12 students of the school, together, presented a very well appreciated Taala Vadhyam Program which received rave reviews! Some of the other noteworthy programmes conducted by the center in the recent past are:
The center has future plans to make it also a Research center for all Research pertaining to Percussion Instruments in general.
Advanced accomplished students are guided to imbibe the art of teaching. Several senior graduated students with sufficient proven teaching skills and experience are formally appointed as "Staff" of the school.
They are helping out in spreading this divine percussion art form to new students. After many years of proven teaching, they are promoted as "Teacher" of the school.
Ganapathiraman is a senior disciple of Sri.Ramesh Srinivasan, founder and director of Sarvalaghu Percussion Art Center and leading disciple of Mrudangam Maestro ‘Sangeeta Kalanidhi’ Sri Vellore G.Ramabhadran.
Varun Viswanath began his Mridangam lessons at the age of five, and for the past 10 years he has been under the tutelage of “Layakala Ratna” Sri. Ramesh Srinivasan of Sarvalaghu Percussion Arts Center, San Jose.
Akshay is a student of `Laya Kala Ratna’ Sri Ramesh Srinivasan, prime disciple of Mridangam Maestro Late Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sri Vellore G. Ramabhadran. Akshay has been learning for almost 9 years and has been performing in concerts and programs for the last 5 years
Srivatsan, a junior at Cupertino High School, has been learning Mridangam under the tutelage of Sri. Ramesh Srinivasan, director of of the Sarvalaghu Percussion Art Centre.
Vivek is a student of ‘Laya Kala Ratna’ Sri Ramesh Srinivasan and the Sarvalaghu Percussion Arts Center (SPAC) for the past 10 years.
Sathya has been learning mridangam for the past 6+ years from her father, Laya Kala Rathna Sri Ramesh Srinivasan, prime disciple of Sangeetha Kalanidhi Vellore G.Ramabhadran.