Māyā is a show stopping, high energy performance, which combines traditional repertoire from Indian Classical music in a fresh and modern performance format. Anantha R. Krishnan on the mridangam and Charumathi Raghuraman on violin are two of India's brightest talents, presenting the best of the ancient musical values in an entertaining and electrifying curation. Maya is at the forefront of Indian Music stage performance. The running time of the show is between 75 to 90 minutes.
Anantha R. Krishnan is the grandson and disciple of mridangam maestro Vidwan Shri. Palghat R.Raghu. Krishnan initially learned mridangam from his uncle, Shri. R. Ramkumar. He also studies tabla with Ustad Zakir Hussain.
Anantha has received numerous awards from traditional organizations of classical music in India. Most notably, he has won the categorical Best Mridangist Prize from the flagship institution for promoting classical Indian music, the Music Academy, Madras, five times. He was awarded the State of the Arts Award from the New Jersey government twice in 1997 and 1998 as part of the National Endowment of the Arts' effort to promote cultural awareness in the U.S.A.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College and a Master of Fine Arts from Mills College, California. He currently serves on the faculty of KM Music Conservatory in Chennai.
Charumathi Raghuraman, is a young violin virtuoso in the Carnatic, South Indian music tradition. A precocious talent, she started learning first from her mother Smt. Rama Raghuraman, then continued formalized training with the respected Guru Smt. T.R. Balamani in Mumbai, and soon thereafter, at the suggestion of the iconic violinist of South India, Padma Bhushan Prof. T. N. Krishnan, Charumathi became his ardent disciple in 1995. She also studies Carnatic vocal music with the renowned teacher Padma Bhushan Sri. P. S. Narayanaswami.
She played her debut concert along side Prof. T. N. Krishnan in 1998 and since then has been performing regularly both as a soloist and accompanist.
She has been awarded the CCR&T, Govt. of India scholarship from the age of ten. She is the recipient of many awards and has traveled widely across India and abroad to perform in prestigious music festivals and institutions over the last 20 years. She is an ‘A grade' artist of the All India Radio and Doordarshan.