Kadri Gopalnath is a renowned South
Indian alto saxophonist. While he had his start in the music field by playing
the nadaswaram, a Carnatic double reed instrument, he pioneered and mastered
playing Carnatic music on the saxophone He has essentially reinvented this
western instrument by using novel fingering and embouchure techniques to create
microtones and voice-like ornamentation to suit Indian music. He has
participated in major festivals and presentations around the world, including
the Music Halle Festival in France, the International Cervatino Festival in
Mexico, the Berlin Jazz Festival, and the World Music Institute in New York.
Gopalnath has played with many leading jazz musicians, including the saxophonist
John Handy. and has collaborated with flautist James Newton on an album. In
1994, he became the first South Indian classical musician to be invited to
perform in the BBC Promenade concert.
He is accompanied by the eminent violinist A. Kanyakumari, Mridangist B.
Harikumar and Rajendra Nakod on the Tabla .
Kanyakumari hails from Vijayanagaram, a cultural hub in the South Indian state
of Andhrapradesh. Her tryst with the violin began at a very early age during
when she came under the tutelage of Vijayaswara Rao and later from M.
Chandrasekharan. The watershed in her career came in 1972, when her musical
genius was given due recognition by the late Dr. M.L. Vasantha Kumari (MLV).
Kanyakumari went on to accompany MLV on her concert tours for the next 19 years.
During her 1980 US tour, a Minneapolis
violin collector who was amongst the audience, struck by her sterling
performance, presented Kanyakumari with a violin from her collection. In 1990
Kanyakumari performed at the Tansen Utsav in NewDelhi. The celebrated Hindustani
musician Ustad Amjad Ali Khan after hearing Kanyakumari's concert, in a rare
gesture, draped her with the same shawl that he was honored with on the same
She has also accompanied besides MLV,
flautist Dr. N. Ramani, vocalist Dr. M. Balamurali Krishna, Mandolin Srinivas
and mridangist T.V. Gopalakrishnan. For the past 10 years, Kanyakumari has also
been organizing concert tours in India under the banner of Vadyalahiri: an
instrumental ensemble comprising a rare combination of the nadaswaram, violin
and the veena.
In 1988, Kanyakumari performed a rare
feat at the Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala, India. She played the violin for
29 continuous hours, an unofficial world record. Commemorating Kanyakumari's 25
years in concerts, M.S. Subbalakshmi honored her with the title Dhanurveena
Praveena. Kanyakumari offers free violin tuition in Madras. Prasanna, a carnatic
guitarist and Embar Kannan are two of her students who are already making waves
in the Carnatic music circle.
B. Harikumar was born in Changanasery,
Kerala and learnt from Sri Mavelikara Velukkutty Nair. He graduated in mridangam
from Swati Thirunal Music College and is a staff artiste at All India Radio in
Thiruchy since 1989. He has conducted Jugal Bandhis and Tala Vadya programs
around the world with maestros like Sri T. N. Sheshagopalan, Sri Ajay
Chakraborthy, Sri Rashid Khan, Zakir Hussain, and Sri Tanmoy Bose in USA,
Europe, India, Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Australia. He has won many
prestigious awards. Located in Tiruchirapalli.
Rajendra comes from a family of distinguished classical musicians. His father,
Pandit Arjunsa Nakod was an eminent vocalist. Rajendra had his early training
under his father and later under his brothers, Pandit Raghunath Nakod and Sri
Vishwanath Nakod, both outstanding tabla players.
Rajendra has performed at various classical music festivals all over India. He
has accompanied such famous musicians like (Late) Basvaraj Rajguru, Begum
Parveen Sultana and Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. He is equally at home with solo
performances. Rajendra is an "A" grade artiste of All India Radio.
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