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RaGa sisters team up with Ambi Subramaniam for a fusion project
CHENNAI, September 15: The RaGa sisters (Ranjani and Gayatri), leading Carnatic vocalists, have joined hands with "the new king of Indian classical violin", Ambi Subramaniam, for a fusion project titled "Cray Little Thing Called Chakravakam."

Besides RaGa sisters and Ambi Subramaniam, the project team also comprises mridangam artiste Akshay Ananta Padmanabhan, Bindu Subramaniam and Mahesh Raghvan.

As a fusion performer, Ambi Subramaniam has formed a band called SubraMania with his sister Bindu. He has performed extensively with his family (father Dr. L. Subramaniam, mother Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam and sister Bindu Subramaniam) and collaborated with Larry Coryell, Ernie Watts, Corky Siegel and Shankar Mahadevan. He was a featured soloist at the Violins for Peace concert series which featured Mark O’ Connor, Loyko and others. He was part of a special performance at the Gateway of India in 2003, featuring violin greats Dr. L. Subramaniam and Jean-Luc Ponty. He has been a regular performer at the Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival.

Claimed to be an innovative exercise, the project is a first-of-its-kind fusion initiative by the RaGa sisters.

Largely weaved around Carnatic music concepts, the whole endeavour is an interesting amalgam of varied elements of music across the globe, and presented equally in an interesting way. The digital release of the fusion piece has elicited encouraging response in the social media.

Well, these are surely a welcome aberrations to reach out to the young and newer audience. Surely, the onus is on all these iconic artistes to make Carnatic music a lot more friendlier.