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This Week’s Six Pillars – Carnatic Music Explained

12273811_738962572902940_411186833963706650_oA concert and investigation of Carnatic Music by Sandeep Narayan (vocals), Durai Balu (violin), and Akshay Anantapdmanabhan (mridangam drum). The introduction to Carnatic music by the musicians was prompted by questions from the audience, mainly music students at New York University, Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The New York University in the United Arab Emirates is founded on “a common belief in the value of a liberal arts education to educate students who are true citizens of the world”. It is the first comprehensive liberal arts and science campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university.  The NYUAD music students had been investigating South Indian music forms and this concert formed part of their syllabus.

Sandeep Narayan is a disciple of the much-published Sri Sanjay Subrahmanyan. and previously the disciple of Sri K.S. Krishnamurthy (d. 1999). Born and raised in Los Angeles, California where he now teaches, Narayan spends much of his time pursuing a career in music based out of Chennai, India where both his teachers are also from. He had visited Abu Dhabi previously performing at the with Sri HN Bhaskar, Sri SJ Arjun Ganesh, and Trichy Sri Murali, at the Swara Raga Sudha, Abu Dhabi.

AkshayAnantIRCroppedDurai Balu (Balasubramanian) is an accalimed South Indian violinist, appearing on Tamil TV stations as well as concert halls around the world.  He has explored electronic and fusion forms of classical  South Indian music.

Akshay Anantapadmanabhan is one of the leading young Carnatic mridangam artists based in Chennai and touring the world over, playing also the kanjira (the South Indian frame drum). Anantapadmanabhan also experiments with the art form and researches and curates the styles he plays.

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