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Jalsa - A Musical Concert By Idea Cellular is an event that took place between 26-May-2006 and 27-May-2006 in Hyderabad.
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The Indian Music Academy is organizing a classical musical concert by the father-son violin duo, Dr. L Subramamiam and Ambi Subramanium, with vocals by Sanjeev Abhyankar, as part of the first of its 12 concert series, “Jalsa”.

On the 26th of May, there will be an interactive music session by the artists, followed by the main event at Shilpakala Vedika on 27th May.

L Subramanian

Dr. Subramaniam is a well-known violin player. He began playing violin professionally from the age of 6, and later gave up his medical practice to concentrate all his energies on music. He did his Masters in Western Classical Music from the California Institute of Arts. Dr. Subramaniam, along with his wife Viji who herself was a singer, played a major part in popularizing Carnatic music in the West.

Dr. Subramaniam has more than 100 recordings to his credit. He was nominated for the Grammy Award in 1981 for his album "Fantasy With Truth". He has also given music in well-known films like Mississipi Masala, Salaam Bombay, Cotton Mary and Little Buddha.

Today Dr. Subramaniam is a pioneer in orchestral composition, and has performed with some of the major orchestras of the world. He has worked with legendary musicians of the contemporary era like Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Zubin Mehta and Stephane Grappelli. He has mastered the violin and taken the instrument to new heights, and has established it securely in the world of Indian music, making it no longer strictly a Western instrument but an Indian one as well.

He has been called the god of the Indian violin as well as the Emperor of the violin. These are pretty high standards to live up to - yet, after listening to his music, one can easily see how he has earned such praise.

After the death of his wife Viji in 1996, Dr. Subramaniam married well-known Hindi playback singer Kavita Krishnamurthy in 1999.

Ambi Subramaniam

Fondly known as Ambi to all, Lakshminarayana Subramaniam has already, at the age of 12, begun to follow in the footsteps of his illustrious father. He gave his first performance at the age of 7, and has already performed in India and abroad.

He was part of a special performance at the Gateway of India in 2003, featuring the violin greats Dr. L Subramaniam and Jean Luc Ponty. He also played at the 50th birthday celebrations of Spiritual Leader Mata Amritananda Mayi, where there were representatives from all 191 UN member countries and thousands of devotees from around the globe.

He has also performed for Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Saraswati in Mysore, and for the 70th birthday of Swami Shantanand Saraswathi in Malaysia. Ambi also performed at a special open-air millennium concert on New Year’s Eve 1999, where over 200,000 people were present.

Ambi plays Western and Carnatic violin with equal ease, and has already appeared for the Associated Board Royal School of Music’s violin exams and has ranked first, securing distinctions and special awards. Ambi has completed Grade 8 in violin and Grade 5 in theory. He has also received distinctions while appearing for Piano and Western Theory exams.

Ambi has begun accompanying his father for Carnatic concerts, including a concert at the prestigious Dussehra Festival at the Mysore Palace and during the centenary celebration of the Bangalore Gyana Samaj.

Ambi was recently chosen to represent South Indian Music at a special concert at the Sathya Sai Auditorium where there was a satellite link to Carnegie Hall with performers exchanging musical ideas from both sides.

Ambi also recently performed for the 3rd Annual Bharatiya Pravasi Divas closing ceremony.

Sanjeev Abhyankar

Sanjeev Abhyankar, the maestro from the Mewati Gharana, is an artist of international acclaim in the field of Hindustani Classical Music. An extremely popular artist, he is the inspiration for the young generation. He is credited with attracting the young generation towards the Indian Classical music, with his magical singing.

Blessed as he is an exceptionally sweet voice, his vocation in life was clear right from the age of 3. Born in 1969, Sanjeev started learning Hindustani classical music from the tender age of 8. His mother Smt. Shobha Abhyankar, Pandit Pimpalkhare and Padma Vibhushan Pandit Jasraj groomed him. He has acquired a bachelor's degree in commerce.

Sanjeev rendered his first stage performance in Mumbai, at the age of 11. Since then, he has traveled extensively all over the country, performing in all the prestigious conferences and art circles. He has toured the US, Canada, Australia, Europe, Seychelles and the Middle East for his concerts, and has enthralled the music lovers with his magical singing.

In the early stage of his career, he received national scholarships and fellowship from the Government of India and then the President's award from the All India Radio in 1990, the FIE Foundation National Award in 1996, the coveted National Award in 1998 as the best male playback singer for the Hindi film Godmother, the title Sur Ratna, the Rotary Vocational Excellence Award in 2002, Citadel honours, the Master Krishnarao Gold Medal, and the Pandit Jasraj Gaurav Puraskar to name a few.

Sanjeev's award winning performance in Godmother as also his impassioned rendition of Marathi Abhangs and Hindi Bhajans reflect his easy grace and versatility. By adding his own classical compositions, he has contributed to the already existing vast repertoire of Mewati Gharana compositions (bandishes).

Besides performing in all the prestigious art circles throughout the country, he has performed in well-known conferences such as Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Samaroh - Pune, Baba Harvallabh Samaroh - Jalandhar, ITC Sammelan and Doverlen Conference - Calcutta, the prestigious Radio Sangeet Sammelan, Spirit of Unity Concerts for National Integration, and the Concerts organised by Sangeet Natak Academy and ICCR.

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Prutha Kulkarni on 30th May 2006, 10:56am | Permalink
The event was good and the hindustani classical performance was stellar by Sanjeev Abhayankar. However, the performance of L Subramaniyam was marred by technical issues where his violin could not be connected to the speakers. The audience waited patiently for more than half an hr for the technical glitch to be resolved, however, it did not work out. Dr L Subramanyam decided he will not be able to perform, however, the audience pursued and after placing some mikes near the violin, we could get to hear three beautiful pieces from the maestro. However, one does not expect these kind of issues in a program where the who's who of the city are invited. Althogh the entry was by invitation only, people were seen selling passes for 100 rupees outside the venue. This is something that the organizers should look into.
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