Subramaniam (II)

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Subramaniam (II)

Internationally acclaimed composer and musician, L Subramaniam, is known in Bollywood for his music in Salaam Bombay. The Padma Shri award winner is adept in many genres and has performed at concerts all over the world.

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Internationally acclaimed composer and musician, L Subramaniam, is known in Bollywood for his music in Salaam Bombay. The Padma Shri award winner is adept in many genres and has performed at concerts all over the world. Born to musicians, V. Lakshminarayana and Seethalakshmi, Subramaniam was brought up in a Tamil Brahmin family and was exposed to music at a very young age. Growing up in Jaffna, he started taking music lessons from his father and performed in public at the tender age of six. Harbouring an interest in science, along with music, he studied medicine and received his M.B.B.S degree from Madras Medical College. He then went on to pursue a Master’s degree in Western Classical Music from the California Institute of Arts. Subramaniam plays the violin and synthesizer and is also a percussionist along with being a vocalist. Over the years, he has mastered classical, carnatic, jazz, world fusion, western music and other genres. In 1999, he released the album Global Fusion, which brought him worldwide acclaim. His pathbreaking compositions have led him to record and perform with some of the stalwarts of the music industry like Yehudi Menuhin, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Herbie Hancock, Joe Sample and George Harrison, among others. Closer to home, he has performed with M. D. Ramanathan, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, M. Balamuralikrishna, K. V. Narayaswamy and others. He has written scores for Hollywood films, ballets and orchestras. His album, Spring - Rhapsody, was a tribute to Bach and Baroque music. To honour the memory of his father, who passed away in 1990, he founded the Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival. He also directs the festival and has toured the world for its performances. He also serves as a member of the advisory board for A. R. Rahman's K. M. Music Conservatory in Chennai. Among other scores of awards, he has also been awarded the Limca Book of Records Lifetime Achievement Award, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri Award by the Indian Government and President’s Award for Best Violinist by All India Radio. Subramaniam started his career in Bollywood by composing music for Mira Nair’s critically acclaimed film Salaam Bombay (1988). He followed it up by composing music for her in Mississippi Masala (1991). Apart from these, he was also featured as the violinist soloist in Merchant-Ivory productions’ Little Buddha (1993) and Cotton Mary (1999). His latest project is Anant Mahadevan’s Gour Hari Dastaan (2015), which follows the life of a freedom fighter and his struggle to obtain a certificate, stating the same, from the Government. Subramaniam was married to Vijayashree Shankar Subramaniam with whom he had four kids - Narayana Subramaniam, Gingger Shankar, Bindu Subramaniam and Ambi Subramaniam. Ambi is a violinist, Bindu is a singer and songwriter and Narayana is a gold medalist M. B. B. S who is also a poet. Since November 1999, he has been married to singer Kavita Krishnamurthy and the duo have performed at several concerts, apart from recording albums together.

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