Music lessons in Schaumburg, IL are conducted by "Veena Pani" Saraswathi Ranganathan. The curriculumn includes Junior, Senior and Vidwat (proficiency) level Veena and Vocal music lessons. Saraswathi offers training specially tailored for children who are enthusiastic in learning and also for refined performers. Her students have performed at many cultural celebrations across Chicago.
Saraswathi Ranganathan (Sara) brings a fresh verve to Veena rendition with her smooth play, winning praise from critics and connoisseurs alike. Whether it is classical carnatic or fusion music, Saraswathi handles the instrument with ease and aplomb. She has been aptly conferred the name ‘Veena Paani Saraswathi’. The granddaughter of Spashta Gana Kalamani, Gana Sudhakara Late Smt. Sulochana Mahadevan, she had her initial training from her mother Shantha Ranganathan, and advanced guidance from Karnataka Kalashree E P Alamelu.
Saraswathi has been performing for more than 25 years now with several performances and novel music experiments to her credit, presented to a global audience. Sara works with various music groups and independent artists in Chicago and has released her first album The Magic of Veena, which is already popular among music rasikas. Sara holds a Masters in Sanskrit and an MBA from Loyola University of Chicago. She runs her music school, Ensemble of Ragas in Schaumburg teaching carnatic classical vocal and Veena.
Smt. Shantha Ranganathan is an AIR artiste from Bangalore with expertise in Carnatic classical music, Thiruppavai, Thiruvempavai, Raga composition, Bhajans, Sanskrit Stotras and Devaranama.
She believes in equal opportunity for everyone to learn music. She peformed Devaranama regularly on AIR Mysore and Bangalore.
Smt.Shantha is also well versed in Bharatanatyam. She received intensive training from her mother Spashta Gana Kala Mani,Smt. Sulochana Mahadevan. and performed with her Mother all over India. Recently she has recorded two CDs. One is a collection of 12 exquisite Dasa Krithis and another with Andal thiruppavai and Vaaranamaayiram.
Recent performances include Lemont temple , Shirdi Sai Temple in Illinois, Lakshmi temple in Dallas.