Kolkata Jan 13, 2011 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS): Who says ‘fusion music’ often fails to impress? That it’s more confusion than harmony? Listening to some of the most well-known contemporary violin players of the world at the concert Violins for Peace recently (G D Birla Sabhaghar, Kolkata), these doubts could be put to rest.
That music encompasses barriers of language and geographical borders to touch the listeners was once again vindicated at the concert.
Grammy award winner Mark O’Connor is a celebrated artiste world-wide. In his hands both classical and Wild West folk ethos come alive.
For Kolktans, a rare opportunity was to listen to Loyko, a band of three, from Russia, their violins and guitar throbbing with the vibrant Gypsy music with Jewish influences in Russia, reminiscent of the film Fiddler on the Roof.
L. Subramaniam, known as “God of Indian violin”, and his able disciple and son ‘Ambi’ Subramaniam brought to the fore how the western musical instrument has been so beautifully adapted to Karnatic style of music to the accompaniment of traditional South Indian percussion instruments.
While each artiste played solo numbers, the show-stopper came at the end of the programme when L. Subramaniam’s own composition blended all the styles and artistes in a harmonious whole that made the audience give a standing ovation.
The event was a part of the Lakshminarayan Global Music Festival, established in 1992 as a tribute to V Lashminarayana, L. Subramaniam’s father and guru. This year also happens to be his birth centenary and series of concerts across the country has a special significance.
According to a report from New Delhi, ‘Violin for Peace’ mesmerized audience in Gurgaon too after Kolkata.
Subramaniam said, “We have a desire to have a very special series of concerts to mark the centenary of my father and we realized that there could be no better way than to go back to his roots – the violin – and bring together some of the best players from around the world”.
Singer Kavita Krishnamurthy also marked her presence at the concert.
This concert will be performed all over the world with the hope of attracting more listeners to the captivating sound of Violin.
– Ranjita Biswas/Kolkata