'Carnatic music is a big part of my life'

...said legendary composer Ilaiyaraaja, as he took part in the valedictory function of the Yagnaraman July Fest

Published: 09th July 2014 07:40 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th July 2014 07:40 AM   |  A+A-


CHENNAI: Yagnaraman July fest, the confluence of various forms and artistes which started on June 27, came to an end on Sunday. Ilaiyaraaja presided over the valedictory function.

The festival paid tribute to Yagnarama, who promoted classical art and brought Krishna Gana Sabha to its current position. It is known to showcase a unique blend of musical compositions.

Eminent violinist L Subramaniam, was felicitated with the ‘SKGS Yagnaraman Living Legend Award’. He said, “Carnatic music has an ensconced position in the world of music. But we have underused most of our instruments and talents and became contended with a particular note. We need to improve and experiment more, which I learnt from the west.”

Kanjira player B S Purushotman said that the kanjira has become a widely used instrument now. He said, “Kanjira is the instrument similar to western tambourine. All mridangists have handled the kanjira and have also started taking it as a profession. The scene is slowly improving these days.”

Vocalist SP Ramh, kanjira exponent B S Purushotaman and Bharatanatyam danseuse Uma Nambudripad Sathyanarayanan received the ‘ Yagnaraman award of excellence’.

Ilaiyaraaja also shared his experiences, “From our past experiences, we’ve learnt how to work under pressure and we have come out of it beautifully.It required lot of conviction. Carnatic music is an integral part of my life. It is wonderful to see such young scholars performing so well. We have a long way to go.”

“Youngsters today find carnatic music very boring. But my aim is to change that. By being to fusion musical performances, people can enjoy the music as well as learn more about carnatic. I want to keep my Father’s dream alive.” said Y Prabhu, General secretary of Krishna Gana Sabha,  son of Yagnaraman.

The festival saw performaces by Subbu Arumugam, Karthick iyer and Sudha Raghuraman. Bindu and Ambi Subramaniam gave performances in jazz, pop – rock, fusion and Indian music.

Stay up to date on all the latest Chennai news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp