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The chartered accountant-turned-musician is a cult figure, a veritable Pied Piper of Carnatic music.
—The Hindu BusinessLine
The reigning superstar of Carnatic music
Sanjay Subrahmanyan was born in Chennai, India, on January 21, 1968, into a family steeped in Carnatic music. The air in his childhood home was thick with the strains of some of the greatest voices ever known to the Carnatic music world—blaring out from the radio, tape recorders, and the gramophone. Like many others in the family, Subrahmanyan took to the art form like a duck to water. His early training included violin and vocal classes from Guru V. Lakshminarayana, his grand aunt Guru Rukmini Rajagopalan, Guru Calcutta K. S. Krishnamurti, and more recently, from nadaswaram maestro Guru S. R. D. Vaidyanathan. Today, at the height of his powers, Subrahmanyan is himself an iconic inspiration to the younger generation, and his legion of admirers is spread all over the globe.
Subrahmanyan is a performer whose concerts are the product of a lively and intelligent mind. His music has the high authority and purity of tradition and the creativity of an exceptionally gifted artist. His concerts, like those of the great musicians of the past, convey an air of freedom. They sang in the presence of an audience, but they sang for their music. The durability of their music lies partly in this strength of spirit that it embodies. Their joy in their music is a part of our enjoyment of it. Subrahmanyan’s performances have this great attribute. He is visibly lost in his music and takes us with him.