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Lunchtime Concert – Karaikudi S. Subramanian – Veena
October 2, 2019 at 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm
Karaikudi S. Subramanian, born in 1944 is a 9th generation Veena player in the illustrious “Karaikudi Veena Tradition”. The Karaikudi Tradition of Veena playing is very well known for its clarity of expression, precision in details, and its strong conviction in the fundamentals of music making. As 7th generation Veena players in a family of temple musicians in Thirugokarnam, the legendary “Karaikudi Veena Brothers,” Karaikudi Subbarama Iyer (elder) and Karaikudi Sambasiva Iyer (younger), established a concert performing style in the early part of the 20th century in the court of the Pudukkottai King. The legendary mridangam player Pudukkottai Daks- hinamurthy Pillai accompanied them in their concerts and his accompaniment was hailed as the third Veena! In 1952, Karaikudi Sambasiva Iyer became the first Veena player to be honoured by the first President of India, Sri Rajendra Prasad, after India gained independence.
Karaikudi S. Subramanian, grandson of the elder of the Karaikudi Brothers, was adopted by Karaikudi Sambasiva Iyer (his great-uncle) to continue the lineage of the tradition. As a top-grade Veena player for All India Radio, he performed with his sister Rajeswari Padmanabhan and Ranganayaki Rajagopalan (both prominent disciples of Sambasiva Iyer) in concerts. He has also accompanied eminent artists such as Dr T.Viswanathan and Sri. K.V. Narayanaswamy. Greatest of Mridangam maestros such as Professor Trichy Sankaran, Sri. T.K Murthy, Sri. Umayalpuram Sivaraman and Sri. Palghat Raghu, have performed with him at prestigious institutions. He has widely toured Europe, North America and South East Asia as a performer and as visiting professor in many prestigious universities. In 1985, Dr Subramanian earned a PhD in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University, with a dissertation on “South Indian Vina Tradition and Individual Style.” He retired as a professor from the University of Madras in 2002. He founded Brhaddhvani, Research and Training Centre for Music of the World, in Chennai in 1989.