L Subramaniam and Rakesh Chaurasia to perform tonight
Today, on the opening day of the much-talked about event of the year, ‘Bengal Classical Music Festival (BCMF) 2017’, among other artistes, two internationally-acclaimed Indian music maestros— L Subramaniam and Rakesh Chaurasia—will perform in the Abahani Field of the capital’s Dhanmondi area.
Dr L Subramaniam is an internationally acclaimed violinist from India. He trained under the guidance of his father Professor V Lakshminarayana. Apart from a career as a renowned performer, Subramaniam is also a celebrated composer – he has written music for orchestras, ballets, as well as Hollywood films. He has toured extensively in India and abroad, and has performed with numerous artists including K V Narayaswamy, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Dr. Balamurali Krishna, amongst many others. Subramaniam’s contribution to music is acknowledged through a sea of awards. He is a recipient of Padma Shree; Padma Bhushan; a Grammy Nomination; D. Litt. Honoris Causa of ITM University; Lifetime Achievement Award, Limca Book of Records; GIMA (Best Carnatic Instrumental Album – Innovations), Global Indian Music Academy; Uttam Vag Geykar Jialal Vasant Award, Big Star IMA Award; Honorary Doctorate, Bangalore University; Creative Music Award, Sangeet Natak Akademi; Best Western Instrumentalist, IIT Madras; President’s Award for Best Violinist, All India Radio; to name a few.
On the other hand, Rakesh Chaurasia is an acclaimed flautist from India. He is a student and nephew of the iconic maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. R Chaurisia has been known to perform as a solo act, as well as with other musicians including Ustad Zakir Hussain, Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, and Joshua Redman, amongst others. Chaurisia is a recipient of the Indian Music Academy Award, Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam Award, Aditya Birla Kalakiran Puraskar, Guru Shishya Award, IWAP-Pandit Jasraj Sangeet Ratna Award and Pannalal Ghosh Puraskar.