Holding the Keys | Music


In 2013, at a competition organised by UK-based arts oufit, Milapfest, on the Southbank Centre, London, Chennai-based contemporary-classical pianist Anil Srinivasan and Bengaluru-based veena artist, Jayanthi Kumaresh, conceived an concept known as The Stringmasters. Impressed by their very own “bi-musical” personalities, they tried to create a vocabulary that not solely merged the types (classical and modern) and the devices (piano and veena), however alongside the course, create one thing contemporary, thrilling and, in Srinivasan’s personal phrases, “a 3rd area, if you’ll”.

On November 24, at Delhi’s India Worldwide Centre, this musical discourse that has developed and matured through the years will discover expression. For Srinivasan, who began enjoying the piano at three and skilled formally in western classical music in Chennai, naturally imbibing Carnatic classical music, collaborations of this type have change into a “mission of kinds”. Over the course of his efficiency profession spanning 20 years, he has engaged with classical and modern artists from throughout India-Sikkil Gurucharan, Aruna Sairam, Sudha Ragunathan, U. Rajesh, Shashank, Rakesh Chaurasia-and has discovered for himself and for the piano, eclectic identities. “It has not solely helped an uncommon instrument discover its place and a vocabulary that performs on its strengths but additionally helped in enlarging the discourse round Carnatic music, permitting it to succeed in newer audiences; and, alongside the way in which, it has been a means for me to seek out myself.”

For the previous two weekends, in Coimbatore and Madurai, Srinivasan has been travelling along with his Live performance within the Darkish collection, the place he performs blindfolded at nighttime to boost funds for visually challenged ladies who’re a part of a Chennai-based NGO, Gnanadarshan. “The collection has made me extra empathetic,” he says. “The enjoyment on the faces of these within the viewers who cannot see however for as soon as can get pleasure from life on equal phrases, actually cannot be put down in phrases.”

Like his versatile piano, Srinivasan too wears many hats. He’s the founding father of a music training firm known as Rhapsody that makes use of music to show educational ideas throughout different disciplines. Since its inception six years in the past, Rhapsody has reached greater than 300,00zero youngsters in south India, permitting them to interact with music and discover in it an anchor and stimulus for inventive expression. Alongside the journey, the person and his piano have solely come nearer.


Their devices are western, however their coronary heart is Carnatic.

R. Prasanna

The electrical guitar finds a brand new life, voice and that means when R. Prasanna (Guitar Prasanna, as he’s higher generally known as) performs Carnatic music with it. Thought-about an icon who has created and composed genre-bending music, Prasanna seamlessly renders the Carnatic idiom on the guitar.

U. Rajesh

He was initiated and nurtured into the world of Carnatic music on the mandolin underneath the watchful eyes of his legendary brother, late U. Shrinivas. Together with his mandolin and his mastery over Carnatic music, Rajesh travels far and broad, sticking with custom and continually innovating inside it.

Mahesh Raghvan

A younger Carnatic musician, Mahesh Raghvan has, utilizing his iPad, made Carnatic music cool and accessible to a world viewers. Based mostly within the US, he’s skilled in Carnatic music and performs it on new, digital musical devices.

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