He is truly the son of his father. Looks like young violinist Ambi Subramaniam would leave no stone unturned to prove that he is no less than his father – maestro L Subramaniam, when it comes to the art of music.
Everytime he has performed (with or without his dad), he has received rave reviews. And the boy proved his mettle once again when he performed in the City recently, for a select group of music-lovers. Presenting a selection of beautiful ragas, Ambi enthralled the audience at the Alliance Francaise de Bangalore.
Titled Nadopasa – The Divine Sound, the concert was presented by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) in association with Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan. Apart from Ambi Subramaniam on violin, the concert featured V Ramanamurthi, a talented mridangam artiste and Ganthasala Satya Sai on morsing. A special guest for the evening was Herbert Erich Lang, an ICCR scholar and a visiting professor in Carnatic music from Germany, who played the kanjira and left everyone amazed with his skills.
Expressing his sheer pleasure about playing in the City, Ambi started the evening with the delightful and sweet raga – Kalyani in adi tala. Post a long session of highs and lows on the strings, Ambi played a short composition called Devi Brova.
Following which, there was a ‘jugalbandi’ of all the instrumentalists as they took turns in giving solo performances. Ending the short and sweet concert, Ambi played a short composition by his father in raga Kaapi, that left everyone asking for more. Though the heavy showers prevented some people from turning up for the concert, it didn’t dampen the spirits of many devout Carnatic music-lovers, who seemed to be enjoying every bit of it.
“The performance was simply mesmerising. I enjoyed every bit of it,” said a music-lover present at the event. “It’s amazing to see how well he plays being so young. At this rate, he will soon be a competition to his father,” he added.