Noon Hour Online Concert: Carnatic Violin

Wednesday, March 23, 2022 12:30 pm - 12:30 pm EDT

Subhadra Vijaykumar

Toronto based award winning violinist Subhadra Vijaykumar brings the unique sounds of her Carnatic (South Indian classical) violin to the Chapel at Conrad Grebel. Subhadra will explain Carnatic Music and  how the Carnatic violin, while being identical to the western violin, still differs from it. She will briefly talk about the history of the Indianization of the western violin and the noteworthy place the Carnatic violin has earned both as an accompanying and as a solo instrument.  
Compositions in Carnatic music are predominantly devotional in nature. Subhadra will commence with a traditional opening invocation to the elephant headed God – Lord Ganesha. She will next present a very challenging rhythmic song which reflects her artistic perseverance during this difficult pandemic time. This musical work was composed by a contemporary 20th/21st century Carnatic Violinist.
This will then be followed by a spontaneous free flowing melody as a prelude to a composition that includes rhythmic improvisations. In conclusion the trio will present a fast paced song composed for instrumental music.  She will be accompanied on the Mrdangam (South Indian double headed drum) by versatile mrdangist Sathish Venkatraman and on the violin by her talented student Dhishan Kandala.

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