Grammy nominated for her album ‘Miles from India’, recognized as one of the fifty best instrumentalists of the world by the prestigious ‘Songlines’ Magazine, Album ‘Kala’ selected again by ‘Songlines’ magazine’s one of the 50 best recordings of the world, the first Indian violinist to be featured in the violin Bible, ‘The Strad’, a solo essay in the ‘Encyclopedia – Rough Guide to World Music’ for her contributions in the field of violin in music, frequently featured in Hollywood soundtracks including the Oscar nominated “Blood Diamond” and many more such recognitions, Maestro Kala Ramnath with her ‘Singing Violin’ stands among the best instrumentalists of the world.
She then went on to become a pre-eminent disciple of the legendary vocalist Pandit Jasraj. During this mentorship Kala revolutionized the violin technique and produced a sound so unique, evocative and akin to classical Indian vocal music that today her violin is called ‘The Singing Violin’.
Today a virtuoso of staggering proportions, Kala has performed at all the major music festivals in India, as well as the most prestigious stages throughout the world, including the Sydney Opera House, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and New York’s Carnegie Hall to name a few.
Kala is a sought after artist to work and experiment with orchestras like the London Symphony and London Philharmonic and world music legends like Ustad Zakir Hussain, Kai Eckhart, Edgar Meyer, Bela Fleck, Terry Bozzio, Abbos Kossimov, Ayrto Moriera, Giovanni Hidalgo and rock legend Ray Manzarek of the Doors to name a few.
Her home country India’s Radio and Television bestowed upon her the ‘A Top’ grade performer on Kala; one of the youngest artists to have achieved this honour. She is the recipient of many awards, most notable among them being the ‘Rashtriya Kumar Gandharva Sanman’, ‘Pandit Jasraj Gaurav Puraskar’ and the ‘Sur Ratna’.
Out of her several recordings best selling albums, Kala’ and ‘Samvad’ were ‘Top of the World’ in the charts for the year 2004, ‘Yashila’ for 2006 and ‘Samaya’ for 2008.
Along with being a stellar performer, Kala is also a sought after teacher. She regularly lectures and conducts workshops all around the world. A few worth mentioning here are the Rotterdam Conservatory of Music in Netherlands, University of Giessen in Germany, and the Weill Institute in association with Carnegie Hall in New York.
An established name in the world music scene, Kala today is keen to enrich the lives of under-privileged and sick children through music in the form of her foundation, ‘Kalashree’.
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