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Kala Ramnath

May  1, 2015
8:00 pm


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Kala Ramnath
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Kala Ramnath is Grammy nominated for her album 'Miles from India', recognized as one of the fifty best instrumentalists of the world by the prestigious 'Songlines' Magazine, Album 'Kala' selected again by 'Songlines' magazine as one of the 50 best recordings of the world, the first Indian violinist to be featured in the violin Bible, 'The Strad', a solo essay in the 'Encyclopedia - Rough Guide to World Music' for her contributions in the field of violin in music, frequently featured in Hollywood soundtracks including the Oscar nominated "Blood Diamond" and many more such recognitions, Maestro Kala Ramnath with her 'Singing Violin' stands among the best instrumentalists of the world.

Today a virtuoso of staggering proportions, Kala has performed at all the major music festivals in India, as well as the most prestigious stages throughout the world, including the Sydney Opera House, London's Queen Elizabeth Hall and New York's Carnegie Hall to name a few.

Kala is at the vanguard of the present generation of Indian instrumental super-stars. Due to her rigorous training in the classical tradition she 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.

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Kala is a sought after artist to work and experiment with orchestras like the London Symphony and London Philharmonic and world music legends like Ustad Zakir Hussain, Kai Eckhart, Edgar Meyer, Bela Fleck, Terry Bozzio, Abbos Kossimov, Ayrto Moriera, Giovanni Hidalgo and rock legend Ray Manzarek of the Doors to name a few.

Kala has been bestowed the 'A Top' grade by India's Radio and Television; one of the youngest artists to have achieved this honour. She is the recipient of many awards, most notable among them being the 'Rashtriya Kumar Gandharva Sanman', 'Pandit Jasraj Gaurav Puraskar' and the 'Sur Ratna'.

Out of her several recordings best selling albums, 'Kala' and 'Samvad' were 'Top of the World' in the charts for the year 2004, 'Yashila' for 2006 and 'Samaya' for 2008.

An established name in the world music scene, Kala today is keen to enrich the lives of under-privileged children through music in the form of her foundation, 'Kalashree'.

"...If Mozart had been transported to the South Asian subcontinent, this is what he and improvised Western classical music might have sounded like. This comparison is not thrown in to befuddle or impress. Kala Ramnath is a musician of giant like qualities..."
                                                                               -Ken Hunt in the Jazz Wise magazine review of September 2004.

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