Muscat: A family of much-admired Indian musicians, including the renowned Indian violinist, composer and conductor – Dr. L Subramaniam, is all-set to take stage at the Royal Opera House Muscat in two consecutive performances on the 6th and 7th March, 2013. The event will not only offer music lovers a unique opportunity to enjoy South Indian classical music which is considered to have one of the most sophisticated melodic and rhythmic structures in the world, but also to familiarise and appreciate music of an antique culture.
Besides Dr. L Subramaniam, the concert will also feature Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam, singer; Ambi Subramaniam, violinist; Bindu Subramaniam, singer/songwriter; Preetam Koilpillai, pianist, director and filmmaker; V. V. Ramana Murthy, percussionist; and Satya Sai, percussionist.
Recognised as India's violin icon, Dr. L Subramaniam has constantly propelled from Singapore to Paris, from Delhi to Los Angeles, where he conquered every audience with the elegance and virtuosity of his style. His career as a childhood prodigy brought him into contact with the greatest musicians and he soon imposed himself as a master of the violin. At a very young age, he was honoured with the title 'Violin Chakravarthy' (emperor of the violin). No other musician can boast of such diverse repertoire and collaborations, or even such mind-boggling techniques. To date, Dr. Subramaniam has produced, performed, collaborated and conducted close to two hundred recordings.
Since 1971, Subramaniam has amassed over 200 recordings and collaborated with musicians including Yehudi Menuhin, Stéphane Grappelli and Herbie Hancock. Subramaniam is the only musician who has performed and recorded Carnatic classical music, Western classical music, and both orchestral and non-orchestral music, and has also composed for and conducted numerous major orchestras and scores for films, and has collaborated with a wide range of some of the greatest musicians from different genres of music including jazz, occidental, jugalbandis with North Indian musicians, world music and global fusion. His insatiable musical curiosity made short shrift of all kinds of technique, of all types of form (he has composed for several western classical orchestras and ballets) and of all new experiences (he was a musical advisor to Peter Brook about the sound concepts for his 'Mahabharata'). He has also composed music for a few select films, including Salaam Bombay and Mississippi Masala and was the featured soloist for Bernardo Bertolucci's Little Buddha and Cotton Mary directed by Ismail Merchant.
Dr. L Subramaniam was able to transfer his musical passion to his family members, as Kavita Krishnamurthy is today one of India's most famous Bollywood film playback singers. She has worked with a variety of music composers, including R. D. Burman and A. R. Rahman. Recognising her successful career, she was awarded four Filmfare Best Female Playback Awards and the prestigious Padmashri, which she received in 2006. On the other hand, Ambi, son of Dr. Subramamiam, gave his first performance aged seven and has gone on to tour the world giving solo and duet performances with his father.
At the Royal Opera House Muscat, Dr. L. Subramaniam and Ambi Subramaniam will perform a Carnatic violin duet, accompanied by V.V. Ramana Murthy on the mridangam (a two headed South Indian drum) and G. Satya Sai on the morsing (the South Indian equivalent of the Jew's harp). The most talented musician family will perform "Autumn Leaves", "Broken Vow", "Dil Ne Kaha", "Raha Niharu", "Freedom Symphony", "Kya Jaanu Sajan", "Tu Mujhe Kubool", and "Turbulence Concerto" (for violin and orchestra).