Internationally acclaimed Indian vocalist and teacher Vidya Subramanian will lead the Carnatic Music Ensemble in concert at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy at 1:30pm Sunday (January 17). The performance will be preceded by a pre-concert talk at 1pm.
Carnatic music is a style of classical music from South India. It is a 3,000-year-old musical tradition that balances a lively mix of compositions and exciting improvisation.
The ensemble also features Ravi Srinivasan on violin and Ganesh Sankaranarayanan on mridangam, a traditional Indian drum.
Subramanian was recently awarded a $2,500 grant from the New York State Council on the Arts distributed by Saratoga Arts, and she will be offering a series of six free Indian music training sessions at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library:
Session 1: Saturday, January 16, 2pm. Raga (melody) and Tala (rhythm)
Session 2: Saturday, January 23, 2pm. Compositions and Great Composers
Session 3: Saturday, January 30, 2pm. Carnatic music and Spiritualism
Session 4: Saturday, February 13, 2pm. Improvisation in Carnatic Music
Session 5: Saturday, February 20, 2pm. How to Appreciate a Carnatic Music Concert
Session 6: Saturday, February 27, 2pm, More on Carnatic Concert Appreciation