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Divine Strings Fundraiser featuring Carnatic violinist Aishu Venkataraman

UCLA Ackerman Grand Ballroom

308 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, 90095

7:30pm to 9:30pm

Please order tickets at www.rishi.eventbrite.com
Admission is FREE with registration!

A charity concert with one mission: to help impoverished Indian villagers escape the cycle of poverty. Donate and empower poor villagers in India!

Divine Strings Performers:
Violin: Aishu Venkataraman
Mridangam: Vinod Venkataraman
Ghatam: Tripoonithura Radhakrishnan

All concert funds will go towards Project RISHI's public health projects in rural India. These initiatives include providing clean water, increasing healthcare access, improving literacy, and promoting sustainable energy resources. Project RISHI (Rural India Social and Health Improvement) currently has partnered with 4 villages in India:
Vadamanappakkam, Tamil Nadu (UCLA and UC Berkeley)
Anandwan, Maharashtra (UC Davis and UC San Diego)
Bodagattu, Andhra Pradesh (UC Irvine)
Charnia, Haryana (Northwestern)

Please visit http://www.projectrishi.org/locations/ to learn more about each village.

Divine Strings and Aishu Venkataraman:
Aishu began her training in Suzuki violin at the tender age of two-and-a-half. At age four, she started learning the Carnatic or South Indian style of music under the tutelage of the eminent violin maestro T. N. Krishnan. Widely regarded as the Yehudi Menuhin of the East, Krishnan has selected and groomed Aishu to be his next protege – an honor of the highest magnitude. While continuing to play South Indian Classical Music, Aishu became the youngest student accepted into Berklee College of Music at age 13.
Aishu's tonal quality, spectral purity and strong bowing technique are the hallmarks of her performance style. The Indian newspaper Star of Mysore lauds Aishu's tremendous performance style: "In Aishwarya, nature seems to have treasured a worthy successor to the current four violin giants: TN Krishnan, Lalgudi G. Jayaraman, Parur MS Gopalakrishnan and M Chandrashekhar. Watch her evolution with love and care."

Please visit http://www.divinestrings.com/ for more info on Aishu and her music.

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8:00pm to 9:25pm

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