A lover of Carnatic music


A lover of Carnatic music

Christiane Chareyon, an established pianist in Paris is a frequent visitor to India. But her visit this month is special for she will be performing in the City after seven long years and playing pieces from the repertoire of Astor Piazzolla, an Argentinian composer.

 “I am honoured to perform in India for the second time, especially in the Capital,” says Christine. “Last time when I was in Delhi for a concert, my trip was restricted to the venue and the hotel so I couldn’t visit the City. But this time I have plans to do so,” says Christine. 

But Christiane is not unfamiliar with the country entirely. She has on occasion visited friends in Chennai and prefers the capital of Tamil Nadu to the National Capital. “Because of my friends who stay there I get a reason to visit the place. From food to lifestyle everything is very different from European culture. Even ‘Carnatic music’ attracts me to it.”

Christiane had her first encounter with Carnatic music a decade ago. “I attended a musical event in Paris along with my friends where I heard this form of Indian classical music. I like the instruments used in this particular form of music and of course the vocals, which I am not able to understand but they stir my soul. It is mental nourishment.”

Christiane’s own learning on the piano started when she was only eight. An alumnus of National Music College of Grenoble and National Music School of Paris, Christiane also nurses a passion for Dramatic Arts, which she studied at National Music school at Chambery.
Christiane interest in Indian music includes Bollywood foot-tapping numbers too! “I have heard Bollywood music and I like Shava Shava from Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Ghum and Mitwa from Lagaan,” says Christiane.

Dhobi Ghat is the last film that Christiane has seen and she counts amongst her favourite actors Aamir Khan and Kajol. I am fond of Bollywood, “it is simple, colourful and full of life.

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