The String Theory

Being the first violinist of the Madras String Quartet and the son of the late Mr. Srinivasa Iyengar a renowned Gottuvadyam player definitely entails some great stories. Score talks to V.S Narasimhan about bringing out music and his latest Album Raga Fantasy

Fresh take on ragas

Paavendar Bharathidasan’s beautiful poem about a child’s desire to be its mother’s bangles, earrings and vermilion on her forehead, goes thus: “Amma Undan Kai Valayaaiaga Maataena…” This song, soulfully set to tune for Doordarshan’s ‘Pallu Paaduvomae’ choral...

No Harm in Harmony

The happiest musical development of 2009, for me, has been the Madras String Quartet’s return to active performance. Over the past few years, the quartet has, according to its founder V.S. Narasimhan, found it difficult to coordinate its members’ schedules and meet...

Musical ideas shared with intimacy

The String Quartet is one of Western music’s most revered vehicles for the performance of classical forms. Some of the greatest composers, including Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, and distinguished composers of our own day, have used the string quartet as one of the...

A New Frontier in World Music

A New Frontier in World Music: V.S. Narasimhan’s Seamless Integration of East and West WASHINGTON, D.C., November 5, 2008 – Renowned South Indian violinist and composer V.S. Narasimhan has put the finishing touches on “Raga Saga,” an album (to be released...