Pune : In a first of its kind effort by a private university, Vishwakarma University has established a degree programme (BA (Hon.)) in music, with focus on Hindustani, percussion as well as Western Classical. The BA Honours degree program in music will not only impart the nuances of all kind of global music but also provide a platform to launch a career in the music world. This degree programme is designed and blessed with world-renowned music maestros, violinist Padmabhushan Dr. L. Subramanian and well-known playback singer Padmashri Kavita Krishnamurti, coming on board as mentors.
There is a unique blend of Indian classical music, western classical music as well as practical music industry-related topics, with 70 percent of the course focuses on practical and experiential learning which would eventually groom performers and music industry professionals. As a part of the curriculum, the programme includes the Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival organised by Vishwakarma University in collaboration with LGCE which was organised on 8 January 2020 at Ganesh Kala Krida Manch in Pune, where Vishwakarma University students got a unique opportunity to listen to world-class Indian as well as western performers and participate in it. .
Dr. L. Subramaniam, Kavita Krishnamurti and Symphony Orchestra of Castile and Leon from Spain performed enthralled the audience with a musical experience that touched the souls. Dr L Subramniam has established global collaborations through the special initiatives to inspire future generations of musicians to gain knowledge and appreciation of different genres of music.
Dr. L. Subramaniam said, "Vishwakarma University in collaboration with LGCE organised this festival brings together the world's greatest artists on one platform to spread awareness on global cultures to India and on Indian classical music abroad, globally. This is a first-of-its-kind experiential learning which is well-integrated in the academic programme of VU wherein the students are very much part of it.
Smt. Krishnamurti said that this degree programme was a great opportunity for students looking to take up music professionally, and she further highlighted the significance of such an inclusive and global degree programme in music as a career choice for a music student. The music festival was inaugurated at the hands of Mr Rajkumar Agarwal, Chief Trustee (BRACT Trust) who was accompanied by Mrs. Amita Agarwal, Mr. Bharat Agarwal, Mrs. Trupti Agarwal, Vice Chancellor of Vishwakarma University, Prof Siddharth Jabade and the Vice-President Prof.W.N. Gade along with Dr L Subramaniam and Kavita Krishnamurti.
Prof.V. Lakshminarayana believed that a person who wasn’t involved in some form of culture was never truly complete.
Dr. L. Subramaniam said, "Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival (LGMF) brings together the world's greatest artists on one platform to spread awareness on global cultures to India and on Indian classical music abroad, globally.
Dr. L. Subramaniam, Kavita Krishnamurti and Symphony Orchestra of Castile and Leon from Spain performed the following in concert:
1. J. Turina. La oración del torero (Orchestra solo)
2. Spring Rhapsody (Orchestra solo)- Composed by Dr. L. Subramaniam Spring Rhapsody is a composition based on different South Indian classical ragas and changing rhythmic cycles, derived from South Indian tala systems. The harmony, which is used, is derived from the ragas, which enhances the Indian flavour and mood. This composition was commissioned by New England Conservatory and is dedicated to J. S. Bach. It is written for Woodswinds (Flute, Oboe and Clarinet) and strings. Its in three movements- Rubato, Rubato expressivo and Allegro. Movement one Rubato starts with Flute solo section, sounding like improvisation going into the rhythmic section and there are trade-offs between different Orchestral instruments ending with a rhythmic motif repeated three times. The second movement Rubato expressivo starts in time signature 5/ 4 changing to 4/ 4, 3/ 4 etc. bringing in a serene mood. Third movement Allegro starts with changing time signatures and goes into a trade-off section between the woodwinds and the motif gets shorter leading to the recapitulation of the main theme. This piece is also classical contemporary composition based on Indian and western classical music using raga based harmony and complex rhythmic structure. Published by Schott Music International.
3. Raghupathi Raghava Raja Ram (Orchestra, Mahati & Bindu Subramaniam) Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram (Ram Dhun) is a notable bhajan (devotional song) that was widely popularised by Mahatma Gandhi
4. Vaishnava Jana To (Orchestra & Kavita Krishnamurti) Vaishnava Jana To, a bhajan was sung by Kavita ji. The poet Narsinh Mehta in the Gujarati language wrote this bhajan in the 15th century. This song became popular during the lifetime of Mahatma Gandhi and was rendered as bhajan in his Sabarmati Ashram by vocalists and instrumentalists like Gotuvadyam Narayana Iyengar. The poem speaks about the life, ideals and mentality of a Vaishnava Jana (a follower of Vishnu). It was popular among freedom fighters throughout India.
5. Jo Tum Todo (Orchestra & Kavita Krishnamurti) Composed by Kavita Krishnamurti and arranged by Dr. L. Subramaniam
6. Nadapriya (Orchestra, Dr. L. Subramaniam and Ambi Subramaniam) Nada Priya is a composition composed by Dr L. Subramaniam for Violin solo, Indian Percussion, Woodwinds and Strings. The composition is based on raga Harmony and the first moment starts with time signature 7,8 alternating 3,4 changing to 6,8 and 12,8 making it rhythmically interesting. First moment was based on Kanakangi, first of the 72 parent scales in South Indian classical music. Second moment started with viola section playing the theme based on 14th parent scale Vakulabharanam, and it created the impression of improvisation. This was further developed by the violin soloist and in the end the entire orchestra joined in the mainstream. Here once again there were different time signatures incorporated in the section. The third moment was based on derived scale raga Shuddha Saveri of South Indian Classical music (Carnatic music) with quick change in time signatures. The cadenza which is improvised by the violin soloist followings which there’s a trade-off section between orchestra and violin soloists staring 3 notes per beat increasing in steps to 4,5,6,7 notes per beat. The performance ended with a rhythmic cadence. Published by Schott Music International.
The Regional Government of Castile and Leon formed the Symphony Orchestra of Castile and Leon from Spain in 1991. During the last two and a half decades, the Castile and Leon Orchestra has performed in hundreds of concerts together with a wide list of artists