Monday, June 16, 2008

A short film about my grandfather

Back in December of 2007, I worked on a short film titled "Portrait of a Guru", about my grandfather, Vidwan A. Narayana Iyer. It's a 9 minute long retrospective with my father, my aunt, Dr. N. Rajam, and all the grandchildren and great-grandchildren talking about our memories of thaatha.

Just imagine, training three generations of musicians from the ages of four or five. He envisioned and implemented a teaching schedule for each one of us, based on our talents and personalities. He deserved an award just for that.

If you don't see a video player, visit this page.

This film was the result of the work of a number of people including my cousins Sangeetha Shankar and Kala Ramnath. It aired at the Parampara function which was held in Chennai.

The background music in the very beginning of the video is a rare recording of Narayana Iyer thaatha playing raaga khamas. It was discovered by my cousin Sangeetha while researching her doctoral thesis.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

LA live concert mp3 tracks

The energy and atmosphere of a live concert is hard to capture in recordings. The rapport between the musicians, the acoustics of the concert venue, and the response from the audience have a greater impact than just the sum of the parts. However, it's still fun to share these recordings and reach out to the many rasikas out there.

I've added some mp3 music tracks from a solo violin performance I gave in Los Angeles last year. You can listen to them online at, or if you prefer you can download them to your iPod or other mp3 device, using the following links:
This performance was organized by the venerable South Indian Music Academy in Los Angeles. Nirmal Narayan, a talented young mridangam vidwan from LA, accompanied me for this program. I hope you enjoy the tracks.

Sunday, June 1, 2008


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