Musician Ravikaran's Initiative in Establishing Indian Music on a Global Platform

Musician Ravikaran's Initiative in Establishing Indian Music on a Global Platform

By SiliconIndia   |   Tuesday, 26 March 2013, 09:51 Hrs
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Bangalore: N. Ravikiran, a Chennai-based Chitravina maestro has been successful in establishing Indian music on a global platform. He has taken up the initiative to educate more than 1,000 school students at the Middleton School District, through music classes and workshops, reports ‘The Hindu’.

Ravikaran had earlier come up with the concept of ‘Melharmony’, which is a blend of harmony, (a popular technique in western classical music) and melody (from the perspective of the Raga-based Indian classical music).

Some of his students recently performed two pieces based on ‘Melharmony’ — ‘Bay of Bengal’ and ‘Not i’.

In an e-mail interview to The Hindu, Ravikiran said: “What is truly exciting is how the students respond to music of their own culture as well as that from diverse cultures.”

The students would enquire about the various aspects of Indian music and the nation’s approach to music.

Interacting with school children is nothing new to this maestro; he has been part of Indian government’s Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, where he was involved in the music curriculum for schoolchildren.

According to Ravikaran, his initiative in popularizing Indian music is “a small beginning,” “My knowledge as a composer who is familiar with both the Indian idiom as well as western approach to harmony, arrangements, and notation will hopefully enable me to consolidate upon the wonderful foundation that Pandit Ravi Shankar laid for our music by making Indian concerts popular,” says Ravikaran.

Ravikiran has more than 600 classical Indian compositions to his credit and is the only Indian composer who has created pieces in each of the 35-talas of Carnatic Music.

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