Within the temple complex there were Sama Vedic priests known as udgatris who would chant at prescribed times throughout the day to accompany the daily worship of the presiding God. Another group of priests known as audiyars would accompany the chanting with song. The essence of this audiyar sangeetam (temple music) forms the basis of modern day Carnatic classical music. Thus, it is steeped in a rich tradition requiring a high degree of discipline, focus, and tonal purity.
At the age of five, K. Sridhar began his training on the sarod under the guidance of Z.M. Dagar, an internationally known lineage bearer of the traditionally classical and devotional Dhrupad style within North Indian Classical Music. Interpretation of Dhrupad music instrumentally is not the same as a vocal interpretation.
K. Sridhar learned to stretch the limitations of plucked strings and allow one of the world's most complex instruments, the sarod, full range of its expressive voice. His study of Hindustani music was long, rigorous, and challenging. This form of mentorship has all but disappeared from India today. At the age of 12, K.
Sridhar became the youngest member ever of Ravi Shankar's orchestral group and started performing solo at an early age. At 25 he was granted the honorary title of Sur Mani (Sky Jewel) at the famous Kal-Ke-Kalakar festival in Bombay. At present, he is the senior-most performing disciple of Z.M. Dagar and the only one regularly performing in the West today.
Deeply influenced by Ali Akar Khan as well as Ravi Shankar, K. Sridhar has woven together from all these influences a profound yet universally appealing sound. K. Sridhar started touring out of India in 1982 and has given hundreds of concerts worldwide. During the 1980's in Europe he often performed in the more traditional Dhrupad manner with pakhawaj player Arjun Shejwal.
Starting in 1987 he toured internationally numerous times under the auspices of W.O.M.A.D., often as part of a jugalbandhi (duet) with Carnatic violinist K. Shivakumar along with tabla and mridangam accompaniment. Two of these jugalbhandhi concerts are featured on a CD entitled "Shringar" which was released by Peter Gabriel's RealWorld label. K. Sridhar has made 14 recordings on European, Middle Eastern and American labels.
He has forged exciting links with musicians of various disciplines: Arabic, African, jazz, flamenco, Persian and European classical. His musical fluency is revealed in his compositions on the "Arabandi: East Meets East" CD where the sarod is played in a similar manner to the Arabic oud. As a composer, he has provided numerous soundtracks for film including the French film, "Pondicherry: juste avant l'oubli" which won the prestigious Jean Vigo Award in 1988. Enriching the repertoire of Classical Indian Music has been another focus of K. Sridhar.
On his "Food For the Soul" CD he plays a Carnatic raga in the Hindustani manner. His mastery of both traditions allows for a variety of accompaniment that knowledgeable audiences find exciting. When accompanied by pakhawaj, he plays Dhrupad in the beenkaar (rudra veena) style. When accompanied by tabla, he plays the Hindustani style of sarod music inspired by Ali Akbar Khan.
When accompanied by mridangam, he plays a Carnatic pallavi on the sarod which is similar to a Hindustani gat. K. Sridhar has conducted numerous seminars on Indian music in the USA, France, Singapore, and Mexico. Students from all kinds of musical traditions find benefit from his instruction on the art of improvisation as well as the art of creating. Presently he resides in Chapel Hill, NC, in the USA while maintaining an active teaching schedule in Europe and India. Critics from around the globe have received K.
Sridhar's music with acclaim. He has toured such diverse locales as Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Scandinavia, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, the UK and USA. He has been featured on British, Irish, and French TV as well as American, Danish, Swedish, and Mexican radio. All these accomplishments reveal not just K. Sridhar's mastery of his instrument but his ability as an improviseur as well.
They result from a lifetime dedicated to the creation of music. Yet, to truly understand K. Sridhar and his music, one has to experience a concert. With rare intensity, the music of K.
Sridhar offers to all listeners an opportunity to merge into a world of divine sound. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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