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KALA RAMNATH

Violin

Maestro Kala Ramnath with her ‘Singing Violin,’ has been featured on the Grammy-nominated Miles from India project, and compositions of hers have appeared on the Grammy-winning album In 27 Pieces and the Kronos Quartet’s 50 For The Future. In May 2017 she was awarded the illustrious Sangeet Natak Academy Puraskar for her contributions to the violin in Hindustani Classical Music. Born into a dynasty of prodigious musical talent, Kala’s violinistic vision began manifesting early.  She became a pre-eminent disciple of the legendary vocalist Pandit Jasraj. During this mentorship Kala began revolutionizing approaches to vocalized Hindustani violin technique. During this time she began formulating a voice quite unlike other Indian or non-Indian violinists, becoming dubbed ‘Singing Violin’. Kala has appeared on world stages including the Sydney Opera House, Paris’ Théâtre de la Ville, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts, Singapore’s Esplanade, New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Rudolstadt Festival in Germany and the Edinburgh Music Festival in Scotland. Kala comfortably forges musical alliances with artists of renown from different genres around the globe incorporating elements of Western Classical, Jazz, Flamenco and traditional African music into her rich and varied repertoire. Along with being a stellar performer, Kala is also a sought-after teacher and she continues to teach, lecture and conduct workshops all around the world. Today, Kala is keen to enrich the lives of under-privileged children through music in the form of her foundation, ‘Kalashree.’

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