London’s Alchemy Festival, is opened by India’s first family of music!
One of Bollywood’s most loved voices, Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam, the playback voice behind famous songs such as Nimbooda from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and the very popular song ‘Tum Ko’ from AR Rahman’s Rockstar, will give the festival an interesting opening. Hailed as India’s first family of music, she will join her eminent husband, Dr L Subramaniam and son, Ambi Subramaniam for the UK premiere of ‘Global Fusion’.
She reveals: “I am very happy and honoured to be part of the Alchemy festival. The special thing about this concert will be my collaboration with talented UK musicians and working more towards an unplugged feel to my songs. I will be singly mainly my Bollywood hits, but I shall also perform some fusion compositions with my husband Dr. L Subramaniam and my son Ambi, which makes it all the more exciting. I am really looking forward to this very special event!”
Dr L Subramaniam is one of India’s finest violinists and the music composer of Mira Nair’s Salaam Bombay! and Mississippi Masala. About being a part of the festival he said, “I am really looking forward to this Global Fusion concert and performing as part of the Alchemy festival. It promises to be an exciting evening with a number of new collaborations from artists across the globe and the youth of the UK. London is always a place great to perform at, and a great place to innovate. I have had great experiences at the Royal Albert Hall and South Bank, and I’m excited about coming back.” He is also on the advisory board of Double Oscar and Grammy winner AR Rahman’s KM Music Conservatory, in South India.
Young Ambi Subramaniam, is one of India’s rising stars and has played the violin to great accolades, from the likes of Shah Rukh Khan and Farhan Akhtar. He is evidently thrilled to be a part of this very special show, “I’m extremely honoured to be performing at Southbank for the Alchemy Festival. London holds a special place in my heart because it was where my first CD was recorded. This being the Olympic year makes it all the more special and exciting!”
Also featuring in this special opening night event at the Alchemy festival, for both the Global fusion and Bollywood sets, are some stellar UK musicians, like the National Youth Orchestra, Alok Verma (Tabla), Sunil Jadav (Keyboards), Nikhil George and Suroj Sureshbabu on the guitars, Kaz Rodriguez (Drums), Damien Langkamer (Bass), Rosabella Gregory (Grand piano) and the African Kora, played by Jali Fily Cissokho, who was a big part of Mani Ratnam’s Raavan soundtrack. His was the voice heard during the end credits, as well as his African Kora, which adorned the score by AR Rahman. Also featured are three instrumentalists from India, Preetam Koilpillai (Keyboards), Satya Sai Ghantasala (Morsing) and Sekar Thiruvallikeni Kothandaraman (Thavil).
The festival runs from 12th to 22nd April 2012 at various venues at the South Bank Centre, London.
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