Music for the Mind & Soul: February 2021

Enjikkudi Subramanian & HN Bhaskar with Patri Satish Kumar & Anirudh Athreya | Raga Shanmukhapriya

Milap’s iconic Indian classical music concert series ‘Music for the Mind & Soul’ is now online with exclusive studio recordings made especially for you! Our concert are designed to help you unwind, escape and lift up your spirits!

Milap is delighted to bring to you this surprise package, featuring one of the rarest of combinations ever presented on the Carnatic stage. Nadaswaram Maestro Enjikkudi Subramanian and Violin Virtuoso HN Bhaskar come together for the first time for a Jugalbandhi in the Raga Shanmukhapriya, accompanied by the Mridangam Genius Patri Satish Kumar and the internationally renowned Anirudh Athreya on the Kanjira.

H.N. Bhaskar (HNB) is the son of HKN Murthy. He is a senior and leading violinist hailing from Mysore. After many years of advance training under his father, he left Mysore to study with MSG. HNB is one of the top violinists of his generation in all aspects of violin playing; accompaniment, solo and experimentation in new genre. HNB has, throughout his career, enriched music concerts with his violin accompaniment. His playing technique is marked by great dexterity and unfailing support born out of deep understanding of the main musician. He is a veritable bridge between the past and present generations of musicians and music-lovers which has made him a much sought after violinists!

E.M.Subramaniam, is the twenty first generation Nadaswaram artist of the Enjikkudi family from known records. Born in the year 1963 he has started performing concerts from the age of fifteen itself. Thiruvaiyaru thyagaraja aradhana, Chennai’s December seasons, Thiruvarur thyagaraja temples, and Enjikkudi’s family temple are his regular turfs of performance besides several others. The family has transformed the fine art to the younger generations in a classical fashion, and the style of Enjikkudi has evolved over the generations. He has received initial training from the age of six from his father Shri Muthukumarasami Pillai and uncle Shri Ayyasami Pillai. E.M.Subramaniam joined in the Palani Devasthanam’s music school at the age of fifteen and had arduous training from the nadaswaram legend Shri Somaskandhan Pillai.

Patri Satish Kumar was born into a family of musicians. He was initiated into the art of percussion by his mother Padmavathy, a renowned violinist and had his debut at the tender age of 7. A fine performer, composer and with a deep interest to innovate and explore the art form, his specialization is his precise fingering technique and the fine balance of sounds between the treble and base heads of the Mridangam. Trained by Gurus Sree Ramachandramurthy, V.A.Swami and V. Narasimhan, Satish Kumar continues to evolve a style of his own that is distinctly his own. Satish Kumar has been a regular feature in prestigious venues and festivals across India and around the world including BBC Proms at The Royal Albert Hall – London, The Music Academy – Chennai, Saptak Festival – Ahmedabad, to name a few. As a seasoned international performer and an “A-Top” ranking artiste of the All India Radio, Satish Kumar continues his journey in the world of percussion and is one of the most sought after mridangists in world.

Few in the music field can claim the pedigree that twenty two-year old kanjira artist Anirudh Athreya has. His grand-uncle V. Nagarajan initiated Anirudh into the kanjira when he was but nine years old and was his guru for five years. Anirudhu came under the guidance of Sangita Kalanidhi T.K. Murthy after the passing of Nagarajan and is now a regular accompanist to accomplished artists like Bombay Jayashri, T.M. Krishna and Vijay Siva. He is an internationally renowned touring artist and has won prizes and awards. A fast rising star with excellent tonal reproduction on the kanjira.

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