Guru Vandanam – To Sir with Love

Guru Vandanam – To Sir with Love

25 November 2016
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It takes an innovator to create a distinctive style, but a true luminary to establish a musical tradition.

In his lifetime, the late Lalgudi Jayaraman was both, having created the Lalgudi bani (meaning “style” in Hindi) in the mid-1960s that continues to resonate in the Indian classical music world today. A consummate violinist, vocalist and composer revered for his tonal control and innovation, Lalgudi was among the legendary trinity of carnatic musicians responsible for establishing the violin as a solo instrument within the genre. He was known to “coax lucid lyrics and a pitch-perfect human voice out of the instrument” (The Hindu).

Celebrating the man, his legacy and his unparalleled artistry, Bombay Jayashri, Abhishek Raghuram, Vittal Ramamurthy, Embar Kannan, Anantha R Krishnan, B Ganapathyraman and Ojas Adhiya bring you an evening of some of his most beautiful creations, ranging from varnams to tillanas and kritis and compositions that he made popular.

Bombay Jayashri

Known for her distinguishable vocal timbre, Jayashri is one of India’s most sought-after musicians whose work runs the gamut of devotional and meditative music, poetry, playback singing and popular music. She is one of the few carnatic musicians who deploy the essence of the classical idiom effectively across various performance formats. Jayashri also composes for film and dance, and was nominated for an Academy Award for the movie Life of Pi.

Abhishek Raghuram

The grandson of late mridangam legend Palghat Raghu and grandnephew of Lalgudi, vocalist and mridangam player Raghuram possesses a rare combination of virtuosity, versatility and style—as shown in his talent and innovation in manodharma (improvisation). A rising star in carnatic vocal music who has performed with prominent musicians such as T.K. Murthy, Umayalpuram Sivaraman, Karaikudi Mani, Trichy Sankaran and Manjunath, among others.

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