Dr L Subramaniam, Kavita Krishnamurthy on music and more

It’s not everyday that one gets to see violinist-composer Dr L Subramaniam and singer Kavita Krishnamurthy be part of a Hindi film music album. Married for 15 years now, the couple opens up about their long-term musical partnership, touring for concerts with family and collaborating for the upcoming film, ‘Gour Hari Dastaan’

 Songstress Kavita Krishnamurthy first met the acclaimed violinist and Carnatic musician Dr L Subramaniam at a song recording for the latter’s Global Fusion Project back in the 1990s. “He wanted to hear my voice for a track that he was recording. I was very nervous. He was quiet but did make me sing one line many times until I got it right,” she recalls with a laugh.
The Bengaluru-based couple, who tied the knot in 1999, have been married for 15 years. Oft-missing from the Hindi film music circuit, the duo have their hands full, performing at individual and collaborative concerts tours across the world, running a music institute — Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts in Bengaluru, and hosting the annual, The Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival, in the honour of the violin virtuoso’s late father, V Lakshminarayana.

Now, post a decade-long sabbatical from Hindi films, Subramaniam has donned the music composer’s hat again for Ananth Mahadevan’s ‘Gour Hari Dastaan’ that hits the Indian screens on August 14. He recorded a version of Mahatma Gandhi’s famous bhajan, Vaishnav Jana To, with Krishnamurthy and Pandit Jasraj for this film. Excerpts from an interview with the couple:

Q. It’s rare to see your credits on the music albums of Hindi films. Why?
A. Dr L Subramaniam (LS): Post ‘Salaam Bombay’ (1988), I composed music selectively for films like ‘Mississippi Masala’ (1991) and ‘Little Buddha’ (1993). Due to my hectic schedule, I have been unable to devote time to music compositions. I travel for eight months in a year, performing at Indian Classical and Western Fusion concerts. Kavita and I will begin our six-weeks international tour in August, performing across Europe and USA. I also write compositions for international symphony orchestras. For instance, in the next sixth months, I will be preparing four orchestral works, one of them being for a Spanish symphony orchestra. That takes a lot of time because you have to write for each instrument separately and then, collectively for the orchestra.

Kavita Krishnamurthy (KK): I used to sing a lot for Hindi films (last being ‘Rockstar’ in 2011); trends have changed now. Reality shows have thrown up many singers with Sufi and Western style of singing. We were traditional playback singers. I haven’t had many good offers in the last few years, so there is no point in singing inconsequential songs. I am quite into singing for concerts and I try different things.

Read Full Interview at: http://www.mid-day.com/articles/dr-l-subramaniam-kavita-krishnamurthy-on-music-and-more/16415166

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