And if you've missed everything else, today is the chance for catharsis.
The Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation Limited is organising a grand Music & Dance Festival, from 8th to 10th December, at the Taramati Baradari Culture Complex on Gandipet Road, Ibrahimbagh, where some highly talented and established musicians of India will be performing. The 3-day fest includes performances by Dr L Subramaniam & Kavita Subramaniam, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Deepika Reddy, Devayani, Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Purbayan Chatterjee, Mohd Vakil and others.
Today, the last day, Dr L Subramaniam and Kavita Subramaniam will be presenting a fusion music concert.
Dr Subramaniam’s parents Prof V Lakshminarayana and V Seethalakshmi were the driving force behind their son, and the reason that he chose a life in music. Passionate about music, Subramaniam was also dedicated to science. He studied medicine, finishing his MBBS at Madras Medical College and registering as a General Practitioner.
Subsequently he did his Master’s Degree in Western Classical Music in California, and finally decided to dedicate his life to music. From then on, his artistic activity was to spread in many directions. Being highly qualified and due to his stable foundation in Carnatic classical, western music, orchestration and rhythm, he became the creator of the Global Music concept. Attracted by his unusual musical phrasing, several Western musicians wanted to play with him.
Since 1973, Subramaniam has made historic collaborations and recordings with people like Yehudi Menuhin, Stephane Grappelli, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Steven Seagal, Ruggiero Ricci, Arve Tellefsen, Herbie Hancock, Joe Sample, Stanley Clarke, George Duke, Al Jarreau, Jean Luc Ponty, Earl Klugh, Larry Corryel, Corky Seagal, Tony Williams, Billy Cobham, John Surman, Maynard Ferguson and Ravi Coltrane.
He has received several awards and honors, including the coveted Padma Bhushan and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award from the President of India. He has been awarded the Nada Chakravarti (Emperor of Sound) from Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swami at Trinidad (West Indies). In recognition of his contribution to the World of Music, he has been conferred upon, an honorary Doctorate by both the Bangalore University and the University of Madras.
Kavita Subramaniam (Krishnamurti) is undoubtedly one of the favorites of both the critics and the masses. Her exquisite and mellifluous voice, wide range and versatility in singing different styles and types of songs, have given her a unique place amongst performing musicians.
Born in Delhi, she began her vocal training under Balram Puri (a reputed teacher in the Hindustani style of music) at a very young age. Her incredible talent was evident by the time she was 8. She enrolled at St Xavier's College, Bombay, where she obtained an Honors' Degree in Economics.
Kavita began her singing career for commercial advertisements like Amul, Complan and Nirma in the early stages of her career. Initially, her exemplary voice took her to the UK, the US, Middle East, the West Indies, South Africa and Australia. This was later followed by several international concert tours.
Her first recording for a Bengali film song was done with Lata Mangeshkar. Maang Bharo Sajna was her first Hindi film under Laxmikant Pyarelal, followed by Pyar Jhukta Nahin. Since then, she has sung for many more films like Mr India, Karma, Saudagar, Khuda Gawah, Chaalbaaz, 1942 - A Love Story, Yaarana, Mohra, Bombay, Agnisakshi, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Bade Miyan Chhote Miyan, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Taal, Hum Saath Saath Hain, Vaastav, Dil Chahta Hai and Devdas.
She has also sung for regional films in many Indian languages such as Marathi, Punjabi, Bengali, Oriya, Assamese, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. Kavita has sung more than 1,500 songs in several languages.
Her undaunted efforts to excel in the field of singing have brought her several accolades and prestigious awards, that include three Filmfare awards: in 1995 for 1942 - A Love Story, in 1996 for Yaarana and in 1997 for Khamoshi.
Following her wedding to Dr L Subramaniam, Kavita has been working on new fusion projects and exploring new avenues in music. She has been featured as a soloist in the latest Global Fusion album of Dr Subramaniam, distributed by Warner Bros. The husband and wife team performed their fusion concert in Hyderabad on 31 December 1999 at the start of the Annual Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival.
The entry to this festival is through daily tickets of Rs. 200 per head, or season passes of Rs. 500 per head for 3 days of the festival. For tickets and other details, please contact APTDC Ltd at 2329-8456/57 or 2345-3036/0165, or the venue at 2352-0172/1884.