The School

Ārōhaṇa School of Music in Madison, WI, teaches Carnatic Music (Classical South Indian Music) to students of varied ages and backgrounds.    

"The school has not only sparked an interest for classical music in the young children, it has also given them an opportunity to channelize their creative talents and given them unique avenues to learn and appreciate music." (Community Member)

"We love the fun things you do with them like singing the American Anthem in Indian Solfege....this is very helpful for integration into the current cultural milieu." (Parent)

The Director

Vanitha Suresh started Ārōhaṇa School of Music with one student in the year 2007. Since then, the school has grown, with students from local Dane County, Beloit, Milwaukee, Riverfalls (WI), Oregon (WI), San Diego (CA), Indianapolis (IN),  including a few non-Indians as well. Vanitha Suresh is an accomplished Musician (Classical South Indian), and a Computer Scientist by training, and holds a leadership position for Azur Global. Vanitha immigrated to the United States in 1998, and is very passionate about spreading Carnatic music. She is a Master Artist in the state of Wisconsin, and is the recipient of the Wisconsin Arts Board Folk Arts Apprenticeship grant for 2013, 2014 & 2015.

Vanitha started her initial training on the Veena (South Indian stringed instrument) under Srirangam G. Rangarajan and R. Srinivasan, at the age of 9. She did her vocal training under Srirangam Kannan and Smt. Akila Siva for a brief period, and spent several years under the tutelage of Shri. T.N. Bala (a disciple of Madurai Mani Iyer) in Philadelphia. She continues to hone her skills in vocal music by learning from the top Carnatic Music exponents in India. Vanitha has learnt the Lalgudi compositons and several other  compositions in the Lalgudi bani from Smt. Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi & Lalgudi GJR Krishnan, and voice culture exercises/rhythm exercises from Smt. Sankari Krishnan. She has performed in several cities in the US and in Trichy/Chennai including the December Music Festival, and is the co-inventor of Taal Acharya - a unique visual metronome software.

Vanitha is currently undergoing advanced training under the tutelage of world renowned Slide Instrumentalist, Composer and Guru - Shri. Chitravina N Ravikiran, and Shri. Chitravina Narasimhan -  renowned throughout the world for his unique teaching methodology that created several child prodigies. Vanitha follows the curriculum of IFCM (International Foundation of Carnatic Music) designed by Shri. Chitravina N Ravikiran. Vanitha is extremely grateful to her Gurus for opening her eyes to the beauty of Carnatic Music - a 2500 year old art form!

  • Collaborations with the Center for South East Asia and the Madison School District to conduct lecture-demonstrations on Carnatic Music in schools and libraries.
  • Vanitha is an active member of the Indian Music Circle of Wisconsin (IMCOW), and has collaborated with them to host performances of world class Indian musicians in Madison, WI.
  • Participated in events conducted by Wisconsin Tamil Sangam, Association of Indian Americans, the Hindu temple, Chicago Tyagaraja Aradhana, All composers Day in Chicago, and the Cleveland Tyagaraja Aradhana.
  • Several of her advanced students were selected to perform for the prestigious North American Melharmonic Orchestra (NAMO) directed by Chitravina N. Ravikiran, in Cleveland on March 28, 2013 and for the Sustaining Sampradaya stream in Cleveland in 2014.
  • Several of her students won prizes in the Carnatic Star competitions in Minneapolis, in May 2013 and Cleveland Tyagaraja Aradhana, in April 2014.
  • Spearheaded the Strings fundraiser for MMSD in 2011 and 2013.
  • Performances for the Fulbright Scholars annual meeting through the Center for South Asia (CSA), and the UW Science Fair in 2012.
  •  Conducted the first-of-its-kind OVK-Bach festival in collaboration with IFCM-USA on Nov 16, 2013, the second annual Tyagaraja-Mozart festival on Nov 15, 2015 in collaboration with Indian Music Circle of Wisconsin, and the Dikshitar-Beethoven festival on Nov 8, 2016 in Madison, WI.

Contact Information

Questions or comments: suresh.vanitha@gmail.com

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