Vikram Bharati, founder of CMAY is a South Indian Classical Music enthusiast, student, percussionist and vocalist. Spotted as a child prodigy who could identify many Indian classic music ragams (musical scales) at a young age of 2, Vikram is fortunate to be learning mrudangam (South Indian classical percussion) under one of the leading Mrudangists Shri Neyveli R. Narayanan and Carnatic vocal under one of the leading vocalists Shri Abhishek Raghuram.
Vikram as a percussionist has performed in several concerts in the USA as well as in India sharing the stage with leading musicians such as Shri O.S. Thiagarajan, Shri Neyveli R Santhanagopalan, Shri Sikkil Gurucharan, Shri Delhi. P. Sunderrajan, Shri Vittal Ramamurthy, Dr. S. Karthick, Shri S.V. Ramani, Shri Palghat Ramprasad, besides his own teacher Shri. Neyveli R. Narayanan. Vikram regularly performs at the prestigious December Music Festival in Chennai, India.
Vikram is a sophomore at Purdue University, Indiana.
Vikram founded CMAY in 2014, with an intent of spreading and sharing his love for classical music to fellow youth. He desires to educate the youth, by encouraging them to attend live concerts, workshops and lecture demonstration that CMAY organizes with stalwarts in the field of classical music. His aim is for youngsters to acquire musical knowledge by watching and learning from the masters. In this journey, he also strongly believes that classical music can be a powerful tool to help the society and give back to the community.
In recognition of his contributions via CMAY, Vikram was awarded the 'Youth Patron of Carnatic Music' award by Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha, the venerable music institution in Chennai at its 117th annual Music Festival in December 2017. This award was presented to him by the mrudangam legend Padma Vibhushan Sri Umayalpuram K Sivaraman.
BOARD Members OF CMAY
Sarayu Jaladanki is a senior at Dougherty Valley High School, California. She has been learning South Indian Classical Carnatic music from the age of 7 from Smt. Gayathri Satya. Sarayu regularly participates in various music programs throughout the bay area in California. She has won prizes at music competitions conducted by OSAAT in the bay area. Her passion towards Carnatic classical music led her to actively volunteer at CMAY. Sarayu along with Vikram has spearheaded multiple musical fundraisers at CMAY to support the community.
Apart from CMAY, Sarayu is the Vice President for MELA (Medical Equipment Leadership Association). She also volunteers at the American Red Cross Society. Sarayu’s hobbies include hand embroidery, sewing and reading books.
Sarvani Jaladanki is a freshman at Dougherty Valley High School, California. She has been learning South Indian Classical carnatic Vocal under Smt. Gayathri Satya, from the age of 9. Sarvani regularly participates in various musical events in the bay area. Sarvani's keen interest in Classical music also made her take up western as well as Indian classical violin. To further extend her passion towards serving the community through Classical music, she started volunteering at CMAY. Sarvani helps with the event planning for the events conducted by CMAY.
Besides music, Sarvani is a well trained Indian classical Kuchipudi dancer. In her free time, Sarvani likes to read books of different genre.
Vivek Bharati is a sophomore at Homestead High School, California. Vivek learns South Indian Classical Violin from Shri. Delhi. P. Sunderrajan since age 8. From the time of inception, Vivek supports CMAY with his technical skills, helping CMAY create innovative movie advertisements and flyers for the events.
Besides CMAY, Vivek is a young artist who has won several awards for his paintings. He is also an active member of the First Tech Challenge and participates in Robotics competitions conducted by FTC.