April 16, 2023
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Meet The Artists
Hailed as “India’s Itzhak Pearlmann” by Ozy Magazine, Ambi Subramaniam has been trained by his father and guru Dr. L. Subramaniam since he was three years old, and gave his first performance at the age of seven. He has received the Ritz Icon of the Year Award, the Rotary
Youth Award, two GiMAs (Global Indian Music Award for Best Fusion Album and Best Carnatic Instrumental Album) and Big Indian Music Award (for Best Carnatic Album). He received a ‘Golden Violin’ from Sri Jayendra Saraswati when he was 18.
Along with his sister Bindu Subramaniam, he runs SaPa – the Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts – which trains young children to grow into performing musicians in Bengaluru and online. He also runs the SaPa in Schools program, which helps children develop 21st century skills using music as a gateway. So far, the program impacts over 30,000 children a year.
Ambi plays as part of contemporary world music band SubraMania, which he formed with Bindu. He has performed extensively with his family and collaborated with Larry Coryell, Ernie Watts, Corky Siegel and Shankar Mahadevan. Ambi was a featured soloist at the Violins for Peace concert series which featured Mark O’ Connor, Loyko and others. He also plays as part of the Thayir Sadam Project, a Carnatic fusion collective he formed with Bindu Subramaniam, Mahesh Raghvan, and percussionist Akshay Anantapadmanabhan.
He co-hosts the SaPa Show on Sankara TV, which teaches Indian music to children from the comfort of their homes. The program is broadcast to millions of viewers across the world.
Ambi is a youth delegate at the United Nations for the Sri Chinmoy Peace Meditation group. He has a bachelor’s degree in business management, an MBA, and a Ph.D in developing a global violin technique.
Listen to many of his thrilling renditions including Chakravakam
Himagiri Tanaye and Endaro Mahanubhavulu
Abhishekh Lahiri is a young Indian classical sarod player with training in the three major gharanas of sarod which are Shahjahanpur, Maihar gharana, and Senia Bangash (Gwalior). He also learnt from his father and guru Pandit Alok Lahiri. Primarily he belongs to the Maihar gharana
Abhisek started performing in public at an early age of 11 years though he got his first break at the national level in 1997 when he was invited by Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia to play at the "Saath Saath Festival". That year he gave his debut performance abroad in Holland at the "World Kinder Festival" where he was named as a 'Wonder Kid', leading to concerts through Europe, U.K., U.S.A., Canada, Sri Lanka, Japan, Bangladesh, and Singapore. He performed with his father, Pandit Alok Lahiri, as the first Indians at the European Parliament in France, Cannes World Music Festival and also in Canada Culture Days in Toronto.
Abhisek formed a world music trio named IONAH with Japanese guitarist Hideaki Tsuji and Indian tabla player Pandit Parimal Chakrabarty. He is also part of the EMME collective (East Meets Middle East) of Chicago, USA.
In 2017, Abhisek was sent to Morocco and Cyprus as a Cultural Delegate of India by the ICCR, Ministry of Culture, Govt. Of India. Abhisek's music albums "Sparkling Sarod" received a nomination at GiMA (Global Indian Music Academy Awards) in 2010 and in 2014, again his album "Mood Of Puriya Kalyan" got nominated along with the legends of our country such as Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pt Shivkumar Sharma, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Ustad Rashid Khan and many more.
Listen: Raag Shree
Subrata Bhattacharya is one of the leading tabla players in India today with a proficiency in the art which belies his age and humble approach to life. He has performed in various concerts in India and abroad. He received his Taalim under Shri Tamal Krishna Chatterjee, Shri Nripen Karmakar and Shri Tapan K. Banerjee before he was finally accepted as a pupil of Tabla maestro Pandit Shankar Ghosh, all of whom honed his talent to the level of refinement now witnessed by audiences everywhere. He has since proved himself a worthy exponent of the Farukhabad Gharana. Subrata is an accompanist of choice of the best known musicians and is acknowledged as an accompanist and soloist who is able to combine knowledge with creativity. Music means much to him and it is this meaning which he wants to spread as a binding force among the youth. Dream Shanti, was a musical project released in 2019 in the USA. A collaboration with renowned and Grammy winner Saxophone player Jeff Coffin and percussionists Roy Futureman Wooten got good responses from the musicians and critics as well.
Subrata performed with his group for Raaga last year and you can watch this exclusive concert on our Youtube RaagaFL channel
Akshay Anantapadmanabhan is an internationally acclaimed Carnatic percussionist with over 20 years of experience playing the mridangam (South Indian hand drum). A senior disciple of Sangita Kala Acharya Sri. T.H. Subash Chandran, Akshay has performed with the leading names of Carnatic music such as Sudha Raghunathan, Aruna Sairam, Unnikirishnan, T.M. Krishna, Ranjani - Gayatri, Lalgudi GJR Krishnan and Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi. He is known for his versatile approach to music and has become one of the most sought after mridangam artistes today. Akshay is the recipient of many awards including recognition for his latest discovery of the "spotless mridangam", the ‘Best Mridangist’ award from the Music Academy Madras, Maharajapuram Youth Excellence Award, C.S. Murugaboopathy award from Krishna Gana Sabha, 2015 North America Young Musician Award. Akshay has engaged with thousands of individuals in rhythm workshops, and has straddled Carnatic instruments into notable cross-genre collaborations.
Akshay also performed for Raaga's first major event - The Song of Jasmine.
Jugalbandis in Indian Classical Music
Jugalbandi, a Duet, literally, “entwined twins” “tied together”.
Jugalbandi is an ancient Indian art form where two solo musicians with different instruments or styles perform together, on the same stage, but in a different way from the normal duets. Here, neither is clearly the soloist or accompanist i.e. both are on equal footing, both act as lead players and a playful competition exists between them! So it isn’t just any music performance with two musicians.
Jugalbandis are conversations or Sawal-Javaab – exchange of musical ideas between two musicians – an idea of one musician should at the same time be a reply to the previous idea of the other musician and an inspiration of the next idea taken up in this dialogue. This makes a Jugalbandi one of the most challenging aspect of our musical tradition!
Accompanists follow the phrases / curves presented by the lead artist by echoing or shadowing them, often with a small time-lag, and then they invariably manage to join with the main form at the Mukhda, certainly by means of omitting some fraction of the phrases.
The very first jugalbandi is said to have been performed by Gopal Nayak and Amir Khusro in the court of Allauddin Khilji in 1294, the former singing in the Carnatic system and the latter the Hindustani system. (Whatever may have been attributed to him in the film ‘Padmavathi,’ Khilji seems to have been a patron of music!).
The main artists from each tradition present a composition in their own style and then together collaborate and present a common piece. They both may sing common or similar raags in the two systems separately one after the other, or occasionally the same line together after every separate foray.
The common piece is usually in a raag that is common to both traditions, such as Yaman-Kalyani, Bhairavi-Sindhubhairavi, Kirvani. The narrower the raag, the more successful the duets.
The drama is often half-achieved by varying the tonal qualities, for instance male-female vocal, Sarod-Flute, Sitar-Sarod, and in our case Violin - Sarod.
(Adapted from Dr. Reshma Hingorani's blog)
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