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On the eve of Republic Day, January 25, 5 p.m. onwards, Kala Academy will play host to a musical programme featuring Ustad Abdul Salam Naushad on clarinet while the Stree Taal Group of Panchakanya’s will present Carnatic instrumental music.

Naushad, one of the few exponents of clarinet in India, who plays this Western music instrument in Hindustani classical style, will be performing in Goa for the first time. Having learned to play the instrument from Ustad Nathhan Khan, the founder of Indore Clarinet Gharana, he later learned under Ustad Moinuddin Khan and Shrikrishna Savner. Considered to be a master of some complex taan patterns, layakari, and alaaps, he is a member of the International Clarinet Association, USA and is the recipient of the President’s Award in 1987.

The musicians who will performing as part of the Stree Taal Group of Panchakanya’s include Sukanya Ramgopal (ghatam, ghatatarang, and konnakul), Soumya Ramachandran (violin), YG Srilatha, (Carnatic veena), Lakshmi Pillai (mrudangam), and Bhagyalakshmi M Krishna (morching).

Ramgopal is one of the frontline musicians of India and the first woman ghatam artist of the country. She has trained in the ghatam, under the guidance of Harihara Sharma and later under Vikku Vinayakram. Her commitment to breaking new ground has inspired her to play the Ghata Tharang with six – seven ghatams of different shrutis, thereby creating melody on a percussion instrument. She also leads an all-women’s instrumental ensemble called Sthree Thaal Tharang.

Ramachandran meanwhile started training in vocals first from her mother Raji Subbaraman and then from Balamani of Mumbai. She learned to play the violin from Shivakumar of Mumbai. Pillai is the disciple of Padmabhushan TV Gopalakrishnan. Daughter of Gurumurthy Thangavelu (mridangist), she is a national gold medalist of the year 2009-2010 organised by Nehru Yuva Kendra held at Chennai.

Bhagyalakshmi M Krishna is the daughter and disciple of ‘Morching Emperor’, L Bhimachar. She received the Ananya Yuva Puraskara in 2014 and Best Senior Upapakkavadyam Award from Madras Music Academy in 2017

YG Srilatha Nikshith received her initial training in vocals and veena from her mother YG Parimala and later under Suma Sudhindra. Currently she is under tutelage of artist Padmavathy Ananthgopalan. She is a ‘B’ high grade artist of All India Radio and recipient of the Bharat Ratna Dr MS Subbulakshmi Fellowship. Art and culture minister and chairman, Kala Academy, Govind Gaude will be the chief guest for the programme. The event is open to all music lovers.

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