‘Gnyaayiru Kaalai…’ with Padma Shri Kanyakumari

This week’s ‘Gnyaayiru Kaalai 10 Manikku 10 Kelvigal‘ features an exclusive Interview with Padmashri A. Kanyakumari 

Ms.Kanyakumari is India’s leading violinist in the Carnatic style of music. She has been in the field for over four decades, successfully playing the various roles of soloist, accompanist, teacher, innovator and organizer, dedicating life to music alone. She considers herself fortunate to be a disciple of 3 great legendary gurus: Ivaturi Vijeswara Rao, M. Chandrasekaran and M. L. Vasanthakumari.

Ms.Kanyakumari’s extensive experience as an artist spans more than four decades. Combined with a sharp acumen and fine sense of creativity, she has earned herself a distinct place in the world of music.

Listening to her sparkling brighas and intricate sangatis while she had just started to tread her musical journey, the respected music critic Subbudu compared her music to the ever glittering diamond stud in the nose ring of the Goddess Kanyakumari.

She also has many successful creative innovations to her credit – ‘Vadya Lahari‘ her brain child is a new combo of the violin, veena and Nadaswaram. ‘Tristhayi Sangamam‘ Confluence of 3 violins playing in different octaves portraying a special dimension.

Recently she has composed 7 ragas bearing the names of the 7 hills of Tirumala.

 

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