Puja Bhattacharjee | August 5, 2015
Dr Lakshminarayana Subramaniam is a well-known violinist trained in Carnatic as well as western classical music. His career in music started in 1973 and ever since he has amassed over 200 recordings to his credit. He has worked with renowned musicians Yehudi Menuhin, Stéphane Grappelli, Ruggiero Ricci, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Herbie Hancock, George Harrison and others. He composed music for films like Salaam Bombay (1988) and Mississippi Masala (1991) in addition to being the featured violin soloist in Bernardo Bertolucci’s Little Buddha (1993) and Cotton Mary (1999). He was nominated for the Grammy award for his album Indian Classical Music in 1981. He was awarded Padma Shri in 1988 and Padma Bhushan in 2001.
My favourite composer: (Johann Sebastian) Bach in western music and Muthuswami Dikshitar in Indian classical music
My favourite piece of music: I have quite a few. I especially like Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto
On an idle day I am most likely to: Spend time with my four-year-old granddaughter Mahati
My idea of comfort food: Idli
My most prized possession: My violin collection
My favourite vacation spot: Paris, because of its culture and openness to world music
Had I not been a musician, I most likely would be: I hold an MBBS degree. I probably would have been writing prescriptions
My advice for aspiring musicians: Have a dream and go after it. Work hard to achieve your dream.
My biggest inspiration: My father and guru V Lakshminarayana. His main contribution was getting global acceptance to Indian violin as a mainstream solo instrument
A moment I cherish: On January 25 this year, my entire family, including my granddaughter Mahati, performed together. I cherish the way she sang with us without a trace of fear.
One thing about India I would like to change: Corruption. Everybody, including me, is directly or indirectly affected by corruption.
As India celebrates 70 years of freedom, Governance Now looks back and picks 70 words – or phrases, buzzwords, slogans, events – that best define this ancient nation and young democracy. Here, you will find much to be proud of, much tinged with pangs of nostalgia. Then there are entries that
Dr Kenneth E Thorpe, a professor of health policy and management at Emory University in the US and also the executive director of Partnership to Fight Chronic Diseases (PFCD), says that the government alone cannot do everything. “They don’t have the resources and capacity. So we have to fin
Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture company of PSUs of ministry of power, signed an agreement with oil marketing companies (OMCs) of ministry of petroleum and natural gas for distribution of energy efficient appliances under the flagship Unnat Jeevan by Affordable LEDs and applianc
Union minister for civil aviation, P Ashok Gajapathi Raju inaugurated the upgraded passenger terminal building of Jammu airport. Notably, Jammu airport belongs to the Indian Air Force, and airports authority of India (AAI) maintains a civil enclave for civil aircraft operat
The election commission has become increasingly assertive in the past few months, showing its mettle in times of electoral challenges. Weeks after rooting from EVMs and just days after the poll panel declared votes cast by two rebel Congress legislators in the Rajya Sabha e
Is Amit Shah`s blueprint for 350-plus seats in 2019 Lok Sabha elections achievable?