Portrait of Raga
V.S. Narasimhan and his Madras String Quartet take us on another journey into the world of South Indian Classical Music through the vehicle of Western harmony. The quartet takes hold of their acoustic instruments in this work to perform some of their new works as they continue to define, explore and expand this new genre which they have created.
This album contains the piece “Heavenly Reach – Mokshamu” from the hit Youtube video that garnered the Madras String Quartet global attention and a strong fan base.
- Navaragamalika Varnam
- Amba Kamakshi
- Sara Sara Samarai
As a Carnatic music illiterate, i have always found it problematic to digest the content of South Indian classical music, quite a challenge. While i do have a bit of liking for Western Classical Music, it is not any different from Carnatic Music and the complexity of it, makes me shy away from it much. Nevertheless, the rendering of Carnatic Music with the protocols of Western Classical music, is a first that i have come across. This album is full of surprises. Every track ends up leaving your dumbfound with surprise and wonder.
It was an accident that i came across “Calling Krishna” in a friends podcast about the creative process of making music. It is one of those accidental, yet wonderful and rare a find and i must say im hooked on to the album, like there is no tomorrow.
I have to emphasize the fact that for a mere Rs. 250, the album is at reach for the average individual, unlike many who price such out of the ordinary genres of art at a premium just for the sake of emphasizing its content superiority. I’m grateful to have come upon this band and their art.
Hopefully, they would perform live in the near future and i would be able to witness them live in concert. It is an experience i would await eagerly.
-by Dilip Muralidaran
This album is simply out of the world…!
Kudos to Mr Narasimhan & Co…!!
-by Arunachalam Venkataraman
Absoutely amazing! Hats off to this group. This is a thing of beauty!
-by David Richards
Calling Krishna is absolutely gorgeous also . . . and Bilahari is unbelievable!!
-by Deepak Sahay
Amazing!!! The track from the Youtube video is on this album . . . just a soul stirring musical work!
-by Deepak Sahay