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Music in global village

SD Sharma   February 03, 2013
First Published: 11:15 IST(3/2/2013) | Last Updated: 11:22 IST(3/2/2013)

Versatile violin virtuoso Kala Ramnath is one of the most gifted musicians of Mewati gharana whose soulful strains have enraptured the art aficionados of the East and the West. Young in years but seasoned in musical wisdom, Kala announced her arrival on the Indian classical music scene by winning the All India radio contest in 1984 and never looked back.

The foundation for her professional excellence was laid during her childhood where the violin legends like Prof TN Krishna, her grandfather Vidwan Narayan Iyer as also Dr N Rajam and, above all, Pandit Jasraj sharpened her sensibilities.

Kala has performed at top world music venues besides India.

She was in Chandigarh on the invitation of Spic Macay for a performance and interaction at MCM DAV College on Friday.

“All music genres and institutions are legitimate, as the ultimate goal of a learner is to imbibe the best of the art,” claims Kala, who admits that gharanas have played a great role in imparting musical education in a distinctive style where raagdari and rhythmic patterns evolved and were patented by the gharana patriarchs.

“But with the advent of technology, world of music has become a global village thereby diluting the rigidity of code practised by gharanas,” she observes.

As a matter of fact, a beginner must think of adopting advanced musical nuances of any gharana of his or her choice after at least 10 years of learning, she suggests.Some of the best-known violinists in the West feel that our music issublime in art, voice of the soul and expressed through improvisations, while the Western compositions are fixed and saturated, she says.

“Sometimes our musicians, being creative and more expressive turn egoistic. Also, our music is melodic in character, while the Westernmusic has harmony as the main element. Even I love harmony and rhythmic Jazz, she says.

“I am indeed lucky to have the blessings of my dada guru and violin legend Dr Rajam,” feels Kala who wants to work for the disabled and the physically challenged.

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