SRIJI POOVALUR a prolific composer, performer, educator, an 'A' TOP grade artist recognized by All India Radio, studied South Indian Classical music from his father P.A. Venkataraman.
For over four decades Sriji has performed with the leading artist from both South and North Indian Classical traditions. Since his move to the United States Sriji has performed and recorded with music from genre such as: western classical, Jazz, Big Band, Country music, varied percussion ensembles.
Sriji has composed several pieces portraying the South Indian idioms. Poovalur has received several awards from leading institutions, and the album Tabula Rasa, where he has composed and performed with Bela Fleck, V. M. Bhatt and J.P. Chen was nominated for a Grammy. He is the founding member of the group 'Brahmah'.
Sriji was invited to compose music for Taipei Chinese Orchestra by the Taiwanese Government, commissioned a piece entitled "Maritime Silk Road".
He found and directs the 'SNEW' and the 'South Indian Cross Cultural Ensemble'. He is currently a faculty at the University of North Texas. He has taught at Calarts and the San Diego State University.
Further information could be found at www.poovalur.com.