CARNATIC VOCAl MUSIC

Carnatic music is one of the two principal streams of Indian classical music, which is broadly classified into Hindustani music, prevalent in North India, and Carnatic music, prevalent in South India. Carnatic music is based on the concept of shruti (pitch/tone) and laya (rhythm). It comprises devotional songs in praise of God or the king of the particular composer’s period. The musical repertoire taught at the NSCBICC includes Swaravali, Datuvarasi, Jantivarasi, Alankara, Pellari Geeta, Sanchari Geeta, Lakshna Geeta, Swarajethi, Jatiswara, Varnam, Keethane, Kruti, Devaranama and Tillanas.




PROFILE

Visalakshi Nityanand

Traditional Carnatic music has always lent itself to various innovations over a period of time and has metamorphosed into the form as it exists today. The lineage that I represent has constantly encouraged these innovations and has instilled in me this value.

I am the daughter and disciple of Trivandrum Sri. R. S. Mani, a senior disciple of Semmangudi Sri. R. Srinivasa Iyer. I had the privilege of learning from my father’s Guru as well. My quest for music later took me to Trivandrum Sri. R. Venkatraman and Sri. T.K. Govinda Rao.

Over the years I have crafted a style of performance that is my own. This has been carved out of the sounds that I have heard and absorbed over the years. I have bought to light several Kritis of contemporary composers as well as those of composers of yesteryear. All of them carry the stamp of my style and are hugely appreciated.

I have a Masters in Indian Music from the University of Madras with a gold medal. I have over the years given various lecture demonstrations and have presented many thematic concerts. Two such concerts were supported by Citibank N.A.

To further the reach of Carnatic music I have now shifted my focus to Western music, which lends itself to the many musical innovations that I have in mind. Towards this goal I have been seeking like-minded artistes. I have compiled an album with John ‘Kaizen’ Neptune, an American Sakhuhachi player, entitled ‘Bamboo Magic’. I had a gig at the Unwind Centre, Adyar, Chennai with Keith Peters on the bass, Donald Murray on the guitar, Mathew Petite on the trombone and Jeoraj George on the drums. This programme was sponsored by the U.S Consulate. I also had the opportunity to jam with Boriana Dimitrova from Germany. On both the occasions the audience response to my voice and enthusiasm has been spontaneously joyful. I have recently collaborated with BuJazzO the best Jazz orchestra from Germany.

I won the AIR competition in 1986 and received the prize from Bharat Ratna Smt. M. S. Subbalakshmi. I am an ‘A’ grade artiste of All India Radio and Doordarshan and an empanelled artiste and performer –teacher of ICCR . I was on the panel of the Local Audition Committee of AIR Chennai. Guest faculty at Kalakshetra Foundation 2016 - 2018.

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