Dr. Karaikudi S. Subramanian is the 9th generation of his family to play the South Indian classical instrument of the Veena professionally. He is a world renowned performer, composer, and educator of the Veena.
Nitya Nritya Foundation is pleased to announce the summer residency of Vina Vidwan Dr. Karaikudi S. Subramanian from 1st July 2019 to September 10th 2019. Dr. Subramanian is a 9th generation Vina player who trained under his grand uncle and adoptive father, the legendary Karaikudi Vinai Sambasiva Iyer. Dr. Subramanian has had an illustrious career as a Vina player, composer, educator and researcher. An alumnus of Wesleyan Univeristy where he received his doctorate in Ethnomusicology, he returned to India to assume a Professorship of Music at the prestigious Department of Music, University of Madras. He retired in 2002 to focus on his own institution, Brhaddhvani Reasearch and Training Center for Musics of the World. Dr. Subramanian’s contributions in music are multi-dimensional. Through Brhaddhvani, he has developed programs that benefit learners ranging from novice to expert. His unique pedagogical system, COMET (Correlative Objective Music Education and Training) has made Carnatic music education accessible to schools and villages in Southeast India, and it is gaining momentum in the area of music therapy. We have invited Dr. Subramanian so that local students and practitioners of dance and music are able to benefit from this integrated approach to learning to further inform the pursuit of their chosen art form. Some of the musicians he has worked with spring from the varied backgrounds such as Irish, Western Classical, Brazilian, Jazz, and Japanese. Though Dr. Subramanian is a Carnatic musician, he has, through Brhaddhvani, collaborated with several artistic disciplines and across genres. We believe his broad understanding of world musics will broaden the horizons of local students and artists in invaluable ways.
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