About Harvard Sangeet

Founded in response to the steadily growing number of remarkable South Asian musical talents and enthusiasts on campus, our mission at Sangeet is to usher South Asian music to its deserved place among the other cultural and artistic establishments at Harvard, and to forge a legacy at the intercollegiate and global levels, establishing Harvard as the premier seat of South Asian musical leadership, prominence and excellence.

Sangeet’s activities are devoted to all aspects of South Asian musical performance and scholarship. They are aimed at increasing the exposure and appreciation of South Asian music, providing a forum for teaching and learning, and encouraging performance at the highest levels. Sangeet’s commitment to variety and breadth ensures that there is an event for every type of music-lover. Enjoy informal Antaksharis, study breaks, bhajan workshops, and karaoke nights, or join aficionados for concert field trips, themed jam sessions, fusion opportunities and campus-wide performances, or take advantage of Sangeet’s one-of-a-kind lecture-demonstrations with visiting maestros, intercollegiate conferences and more. Sangeet is also proud to offer a music school through which members of the Harvard community can pursue vocal, instrumental and percussion lessons in the various genres of South Asian music.

Come experience the Sangeet Community!

People

Vikas Mouli: Co-President

Vikas Mouli is a junior living in Currier House. Hailing from Baltimore, MD, his academic interests include economics, history of science, and sociology. Vikas has been interested and involved in South Asian music since childhood. He began learning Carnatic vocal from Shri T.N. Bala, and has continued his training from various gurus across North America and India. Vikas also plays percussion and piano. Aside from Sangeet, he is involved with Shades of Brown, a mentoring program for underprivileged high school students, and A Drop in the Ocean, which provides assistance and consultation services for microfinance institutions worldwide. In his free time, Vikas likes to play table tennis, read, travel, and sleep!

Samir Rao: Co-President & Co-Founder

Samir Rao is a senior concentrating in Applied Mathematics and Economics and lives in Dunster House. He is an aspiring Carnatic vocalist, a student first of Smt. Padma Sundar and now Sri Madurai R. Sundar, whom he has accompanied several times in concerts. In his spare time, you can find him watching sports, (he is an ardent follower of his hometown sports teams: the Detroit Pistons, Red Wings, Lions and Tigers) relaxing with blockmates, and of course humming a tune!

Ellora Derenoncourt: Dean of Music School

Ellora Derenoncourt is a sophomore at Harvard, she has a deep interest in and appreciation of all forms of Classical South Asian music and is a student of Carnatic and Hindustani styles of singing. She has currently declared Women Gender and Sexuality studies as her concentration with a possible joint in Chemical and Physical Biology. She strongly feels she has found a second home in Sangeet, and a second family in the Sangeet board. Ellora’s other favorites in life include dancing, spontaneity, researching vampires, and attending rallies and marches. She is a resident of Cabot House.

Gowri Aragam: Co-Outreach Chair

Gowri Aragam is a senior concentrating in Neurobiology. She has been trained in carnatic vocal music, classical piano, and the western violin. Apart from these classical genres of music, she is extremely interested in Jazz and all types of fusion music from around the world. Gowri served as the design editor for the Harvard International Review, and is also a member of the South Asian Dance Company. She enjoys working with children and has worked as a volunteer in the children's pediatric ward of a boston free clinic. Apart from this, Gowri loves art, dancing, learning new languages, and spending time with friends and family.

Ameya Velingker: Co-Outreach Chair

Ameya Velingker is a sophomore at Harvard College and plans to concentrate in Mathematics and Physics. Born in Goa but brought up in Pennsylvania, he was exposed to Hindustani classical music from a very young age. He is an avid fan of both Hindustani and Carnatic styles of music as well as Marathi Natyasangeet. Ameya has been playing harmonium since age 4 and is also studying tabla. Apart from music, his interests include pool, tennis, and learning new languages. Ameya currently lives in Currier House.

Gokul Madhavan: Secretary

Gokul Madhavan is a senior at Harvard College, currently concentrating in Mathematics. He has been interested in Indian music, especially Indian classical music, from a very young age, and studied the Carnatic violin in Dubai. He also enjoys singing and his musical interests include critical appreciation of Carnatic compositions, enjoying Hindustani music, Hindi film songs and listening to Western classical music, as a layman. Having spent most of his life in the Middle East, Gokul is also fascinated by Arabic music, and is now trying to learn more about this school of music as well. Gokul's non-musical interests span mathematics, computer science, languages and linguistics, world history and international relations.

Vaidya Rajagopalan: Events Manager

Vaidya, better known as "G", is a senior Computer Science concentrator in Leverett House. A huge fan of Kollywood (for the uninitiated, the Tamil film industry) and Bollywood music from across the ages, he also pretends to have a background in Carnatic music. His interests include juggling, Tolkien, and the Discworld.

Aneesh Kulkarni: Treasurer

Aneesh is a junior Applied Math concentrator in Lowell House. He enjoys music from across the ages, from the Marathi classics of Suresh Wadkar and Arun Date, to the modern masterpieces of Asha Bhosle and Udit Narayan. He is also active in Harvard Dharma, and practices his second religion, cricket, with equal fervor. You can find him working on p-sets, pretending to be a hacker, or at Entrepreneurship Forum events.

Ramya Parthasarathy: Publicity Chair

Ramya Parthasarathy is currently a junior Social Studies concentrator in Winthrop House. She is an aspiring veena player, having learned under Sri Srikanth Chary for the past few years. She also is an accomplished Bharata Natyam dancer, having trained in the Vazhavoor style under Smt. Vidhya Subramanian.

Vasanthi Sridhar: Co-Founder & Co-President 2005-07

Vasanthi was born and brought up in Nashua, NH, where music has always been an integral part of her home. A trained Carnatic (South Indian classical) vocalist, she has many years of experience, both as a performer and teacher, in the US and abroad. Vasanthi also has a number of musical accolades to her credit, including various prizes, recordings and other recognitions. Though Carnatic music is her forte, Vasanthi’s musical interests extend to various topics in musicology as well as a deep passion for old Hindi film music and semi-classical songs.

Radhika Joshi: Music School Vocal Teacher

Radhika has been learning Indian music since a very young age. She has learnt light music from Mr. Suresh Wadkar and his wife Mrs. Padma Wadkar for the past several years and has completed her Sangeet Visharad from Prayag Sangeet Simiti. For the past two years Radhika has been training for Indian classical music under the Jaipur Atrauli Gharana from Pt. Raghunandan Panshikar. Radhika has won many prizes at various national level competitions in India including the SaReGaMaPa, Pune Idol, MOODI, Malhar, Sudhir Phadke Smruti Samiti, Dadar Matunga Cultural Centre. She has also given several solo performances for light and classical music in India and abroad.

Aditya Kalyanpur: Music School Tabla Teacher

Groomed under the vigilance of late Ustad Allarakha and Ustad Zakir Hussain from the age of five, Aditya is considered as one of the most promising torchbearers of the Punjab Gharana. Honored with the title of Taal – Mani, he is the recipient of I.T.C’s prestigious Vidyasagar Award as well as the Sangeet Visharad. Having the honor of being an “A” Grade artist of the All India Radio, he has given public performances along with his Guru Ustad Zakir Hussain and also as a soloist and accompanist at various prestigious music festivals in India and abroad. Currently based in Boston, Aditya is carving a niche for himself on the international circuit, giving numerous solo performances as well as accompanying artist in the States. He also has the honor of being a Tabla Faculty at the prestigious Raganjali School of Music, Boston.

Harvard Advisors:

Dr. Richard Wolf

Dr. Richard Wolf is a professor of ethnomusicology at Harvard University’s Music Department, specializing in veena and mridangam, among his other varied interests. Professor Wolf has done has done extensive fieldwork in South Asia over the years and has cross-disciplinary interests in linguistics, religion, and anthropology. It is Sangeet’s good fortune that he is at Harvard during our years here, and we are incredibly grateful to Professor Wolf for his ready availability, thoughtful ideas, insightful advice and unconditional support and enthusiasm. Sangeet, and the South Asian musical cause are greatly indebted to him.

Dr. Sindhu Revuluri

Profesor Revuluri received her PhD in musicology from Princeton University in 2007, where she also taught for one year. Her research interests include exoticism and modernism in fin-de-siecle France, contemporary Indian music and film, trends in global pop music, and post-colonial approaches to music history. She is currently working on a study of the relationship between empire and modernist musical thought in France, as well as a project on popular musical expression in south India. She joined the Harvard faculty in 2007, and Sangeet is glad to have her on board already as an advisor.