[SUSPENDED] RBA: Panchakshara: Vikku Vinayakram & 3 Generations

Saturday, March 21, 2020. 8:00 pm

Out of concern for the safety and health of our audiences, artists, staff, and community, Roulette is suspending its programs for the rest of March. Read more: roulette.org/covid-19

Three generations of virtuosic musicians come together to provide rhythmic fireworks in this celebration of South Indian percussion.  The group is led by the legendary Vikku Vinayakram, who has popularized the ghatam (clay pot) over his long career, was a founding member of the acclaimed Shakti ensemble with John McLaughlin and Zakir Hussain, and received India’s most prestigious titles and honors. He is joined by his two sons, V. Selvaganesh (hybrid drum kit), a leading musician in the world of rhythm who was a member of Remember Shakti, and Umashankar (ghatam), who is known for his meteoric rise in the classical Carnatic music field; his grandson, the dynamic Swaminathan Selvaganesh (kanjira – small frame drum, konakkol  vocal percussion), who has been lauded as one of the top kanjira players of his generation; and A Ganesan (morsing – jaw harp), who has performed in ensembles with Zakir Hussain and toured with Vikku throughout the world.