Meeting Dr.L.Subramaniam

Posted: December 23, 2009 in Published Articles
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Dr. L. Subramaniam concert organized by AID San Diego

The Padma Bhushan and Sangeet Natak Akademi award recipient Dr.L. Subramaniam is a musician who is widely recognized and renowned all over the world. He was honored with the title of ‘Violin Chakravarthy’ at a very young age. After completing his medical degree he moved to California to complete his Masters degree in Western Classical music from the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia. He has not only accompanied highly regarded vocalists in Carnatic music on stage but has also performed with several western musicians and has been a pioneer in the world of global fusion music.

“The concept of symphonic writing with soloists was originated a while back when I realized that only Western music was acknowledged as having classical music, which was wrong, so I created another genre of music called ‘global music’ creating a repertoire from artists all over the world to perform, so I started writing for orchestras and hence started ‘global fusion’ music”, said Dr. Subramaniam about his venture into fusion music.

He has had collaborations and recordings with people like Yehudi Menuhin, Stephane Grappelli, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Stevan Seagal, Ruggiero Ricci and several more. In addition Dr. Subramaniam has created works for some world’s great orchestras including the New York Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta, the Kirov Ballet, the Swiss Romande Orchestra and the Philharmonic Orchestra and Berlin Opera. In addition he has also composed pieces for motion pictures like Salaam Bombay, Mississippi Masala, Little Budha and Mahabharata. He is the author of the book Euphony a book on Indian classical music co-authored by his wife Viji Subramaniam.

“I prefer being a performer though as a composer it is intellectually simulating and exciting. My compositions such as the Fantasy of Vedic Charm were written in special memory of my mother after she passed away in 1984. Beyond is a philosophical composition that talks about life after death and was written for my father after he passed away. I wrote the Global Symphony for my wife Viji collaborating with artists around the world. Astral symphony is a collection of soloists from all around the world and recently I have put together ‘Visions of India,’ an amalgamation of every kind of Indian music,” he said.

His wife Kavitha Subramaniam has also been making waves and has released several albums such as Athens and Voices of India. His children Ambi, Nirupama and Seetha Subramaniam have also been actively performing and accompanying their parents at concerts.

Dr. Subramaniam was happy to be touring the US and returning to Chennai for more performances, in spite of a busy schedule ahead of him. “It is very important for people who are abroad for whatever reason, not to forget their roots, their culture and spirituality which fulfills and gives a different perspective to life. Without our rich culture we are nothing and our future generations may loose it if we don’t safeguard it,” he added

In the concert ‘Resonance’ organized by AID San Diego at the Poway Center for Performing Arts on Sept 5, Dr. Subramaniam enthralled the audience with Carnatic music, accompanied by Mahesh Krishnamurthy on mridangam, Sathish Pathakota on Kanjira and Satya Sai Ghantasala on the Moorsing. AID (Association for India’s development) is a non-profit organization that supports grassroot organizations in India with activities assisting financially and through non-monetary means. They are currently engaged in several projects all over India.

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Published in Indian Express-west coast edition

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