About Dr. L. Subramanium Violin Virtuoso

Joined by the Chicago Children’s Choir and Natya Dance Theatre

An exceptional composer, performer and producer, Subramaniam combines jazz, occidental, jugalbandis, world music and global fusion, to perform both Karnatic and western classical music, creating a blend that is universal in nature and approach.

Subramaniam, India’s violin icon, The Paganini of Indian Classical music has the serenity of an Indian musician combined with the magnetism of a western star”.

Till date, Dr. Subramaniam has produced, performed, collaborated, conducted and released over 150 recordings. He has composed music for few films, including Salaam Bombay”, Mississippi Masala” & Bernardo Bertolucci’s Little Buddha”.

This total receptivity towards the world, this technical mastery find their truest experience in the service of Karnatic music, the tradition he has inherited from his Father and Guru, Professor V. Lakshminarayana. He has made historic collaborations with Yehudi Menuhin, Stephane Grappelli, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Ruggiero Ricci, Arve Tellefsen, Herbie Hancock, Joe Sample, George Duke, Al Jarreau, Jean Luc Ponty, Billy Cobham & John Surman amongst others.

Today, he is the founder/director of the Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival, the biggest global music festival in India

Note on the show

Dr. L. Subramaniam and ensemble performed their own composition, a kriti form, in the Karnatic tradition from South India. The main theme of this music is usually devotional.

The kriti is the most important compositional form in the Karnatic tradition. Normally, a performer improvises in the raga of the kriti before performing the composition. A kriti is divided into three sections, the Pallavi, Anupallavi and Charanam. The pallaviconsists of two lines of composition which are repeated with improvised variations. The pallavi also serves as a point of return between the different sections of a composition. The Anupallavi is also two lines of text, which the charanam is normally twice as long. A kriti balances the tradition of a composition while allowing expressing his musicality through variations and improvisations

Event Info:

  • July 8, 8 pm
  • Harris Theater