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String enchantment

brunch Updated: Sep 27, 2012 11:18 IST
SD Sharma
SD Sharma
Hindustan Times
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What’s in a name, asked Shakespeare. But sometimes, a name can be the source of some confusion. It so happened in the case of young violin maestro, Delhi R Sridhar, when the anchor at the Italian Ethnic Music Festival held in 2009 in Italy, had to first clarify his name to the audiences while introducing the performer.

In Chandigarh on Wednesday to perform for an ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) concert at Pracheen Kala Kendra’s Koser auditorium, the artiste talked of starting young and his likeness for experimentation.

Apart from an unusual name, 25-year-old Sridhar is an accomplished violinist, born, raised and groomed in New Delhi, and who gained astounding merit in the art from the age of six. An
electronics engineer from IIT Vellore, Sridhar left a lucrative job to accomplish his passion for Carnatic music as a first generation violinist from his family. He puts in over seven hours of strenuous riyaaz everyday, which is perceptible in his performances.

Sridhar is a graded AIR (All India Radio) artist, and the holder of the prestigious HRD (Human Resources Development) scholarship and senior fellowship that are accorded by the government of India. The artiste’s aesthetic potential and sensibility got transformed under gurus VSK Chakrapani and Akhila Krishnan, and he now wishes to collaborate with other genres of music to achieve a musical communion.

A much sought-after solo performer, Sridhar has performed for ICCR and Sangeet Natak Akademi concerts, apart from various music festivals in India, China, Italy and other countries. He has also accompanied some top maestros in prestigious music festivals including Baiju Bawra Fest at Chanderi, Allauddin Khan Sangeet Sammelan at Maihar, Thyagaraja Fest and the Anand Utsav at Bhubneswar.

The musician opines that no art realm should be treated as a closed-door institution. “Like myself, many aspirants wish to experiment in fusion music. The move must be encouraged, as new perspectives are likely to emerge for the better,” said he.