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, besides his own teacher Shri. Neyveli R. Narayanan. Vikram regularly performs at the prestigious December Music Festival in Chennai, India.
Vikram is a senior at Pinewood School, Los Altos Hills, California.
Apart from music, Vikram is a sports fanatic, who plays Baseball and Soccer in his high school varsity team. He is also a leading district umpire for little league baseball and is the elected Chair of youth commission in the City of Los Altos, California.
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 sophomore 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.
Sahana Rangarajan is a freshman at Cupertino High School, California. She has been learning South Indian Classical carnatic Vocal under Smt. Gayathri Satya, from the age of 6. Sahana regularly participates in various musical events in the bay area. Sahana’s keen interest in Classical music made her take up western classical violin and she plays violin in her school orchestra. To further extend her passion towards Classical music, she started volunteering at CMAY. Sahana helps with the event planning for the events conducted by CMAY.
Besides music, Sahana enjoys reading, writing and skiing. She is a first degree black belt holder in Taekwondo.
Vivek Bharati is an eighth grader at Cupertino Middle School, California. Vivek learns South Indian Classical Violin from Shri. Delhi. P. Sunderrajan since age 8. 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.