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is Indian classical music/dance critic and
Being born and
brought up into a family of musicians has its own advantages which no
one can ever discredit from any musician. While there have been several
examples of how many a noted maestro have the bad luck of no one, least
their own children, inheriting their art, there are artists who not
only inherited their music but also break new ground in their own careers.
If there is one of the best living examples of such a successful model,
it is the one and only Kala ramnath. The famous niece of violinist N.Rajam
and sangeetha kalanidhi prof. T.N.Krishnan, Kala has proved to be more
than the chip of all the illustrious old blocks put together.
Other than these gurus, she has had immense musical influences in her life. Her aunt introduced her to the classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj of the mewati gharana, early in her career. Kalas violin was so addictive that she not only accompanied the maestro in 99% of all his concerts but also became one of the flag bearers of his gharana in a very short span, considering his own children didnt inherit his music. Senior music critics often commented how it was kalas violin that often upheld an entire concert which would have otherwise been boring and repetitive because Panditji had long stopped giving pure classical music concerts and stuck to singing bhajans or playing to galleries. My musical influences have been my grandfather, my aunt and Pandit Jasraj ji. I also love Vidushi Kishori Amonkar's music and the complete musicianship of Ustad Zakir Hussain. As a woman, I would like to conduct myself like my aunt, I want my music to be laden with emotions like Pandit ji and reach the almighty. I would like to show uncharted paths hitherto unknown to everyone when I explore a raga like Kishori ji does and be a complete musician like Zakir bhai as far as musicality, technicality and presentation goes. And above all be a person with goodness and a clean heart.
As a renowned artist in her own field, kala laments over the current state of Indian classical music. Indian classical music's greatest problem is how its becoming popular today and facing the onslaught of all the reality shows which trivialize what music really is, she says. Music is as difficult as any other profession like becoming a doctor or an engineer. It needs a lot of dedication and hard work to be a professional. But this vocation is also very creative and enjoyable. So you can enjoy what you do if you take this up as a profession. Yes! Music is a wonderful profession if you are talented and hardworking, assures kala to the next generation of aspiring musicians.
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