Rajam is one of the foremost violinists in Hindustani classical music. Inspired by her guru, the legendary Omkarnath Thakur, Rajam undertook an intensive research project to develop the gayaki ang (vocal style) on the violin. Her research gave a new dimension and direction to violin playing in the Hindustani classical tradition. Rajam has been honored with many prestigious awards, including the Padma Bhushan from the president of India.
Born into a musical family (her brother is the well-known Karnatik violinist T.N. Krishnan), Rajam has passed on the art to many, including her daughter Sangeeta Shankar, and Sangeeta Shankar’s daughters Ragini Shankar, 16, and Nandini Shankar, 12. Rajam is accompanied by her daughter and granddaughters in this unique concert spanning three generations.
The evening will begin with a 30-minute performance by Ragini and Nandini Shankar, and continue with a duet by N. Rajam and Sangeeta Shankar. They will be accompanied on tabla by Vinayak Netke, a disciple of Arvind Mulgaonkar.
This performance is a perfect example of the transmission of knowledge down to the next generations in the traditional guru-shishya parampara. —Ashok Jethanandani
Saturday, April 22, 7 p.m. Organized by Chinmaya Cultural Center. Chinmaya Mission—Mithila, 655 S. B St., Tustin. (714) 263-2800. www.chinmayala.org