Durga Ramakrishnan | Musician

Sharing her knowledge, experiences and thoughts in music and arts with the exposure she has from different cultures.

What is Music to me...

 

Music has always been a lifelong passion.  Music has fascinated me in the numerous ways it links with our life – its relaxing and therapeutic to the mind, songs  associated with festivals and occasions, the seven notes  bringing different styles and integrates people beyond boundaries.    

 

I was more attracted to the rich melody of Carnatic ragas that evokes various emotions.  The beautiful techniques in singing and voice culture give great scope for imagination and presentation. This motivated  me to learn the art in depth and teach others.

Music has always been a lifelong passion.  Music has fascinated me in the numerous ways it links with our life – its relaxing and therapeutic to the mind, songs  associated with festivals and occasions, the seven notes  bringing different styles and integrating people beyond boundaries.    I was more attracted to the rich melody of carnatic ragas that evokes various emotions.  The beautiful techniques in singing and voice culture give great scope for imagination and presentation. This motivated  me to learn the art in depth and teach others.

Musician, Tutor & Performing Artist

I was in the school choir, orchestra and college brass band.  I was a youth artist both at All India Radio and Chennai  Doordharshan(TV).

From the age of fifteen I started to assist my grandmother by teaching  veena  and vocal to her students. I have lived in various countries like India, Libya, England and have been teaching and performing  during  festival occasions in a multicultural setting.
 
 Music in me developed right from my family. I was in the school choir, orchestra & also in  college brass band.  I was a youth artist both at All India Radio and Chennai  Doordharshan (TV).
 
From the age of fifteen I started to assist my grandmother  Smt C.N.Kalpakam by teaching  veena  and vocal to her students.
 
 I have lived in various countries and have been teaching and performing  during  festival occasions in a multicultural setting.
 
It is amazing how my childhood passion of dance and music enthused me  and my community all the time. In my school and college I participated in several competetions and cultural programmes and took keen interest in Choral music, bhajans, classical, dance drama and in traditional folk dances of India.  
 
I taught Carnatic music Vocal, Veena, Indian Dance  to the Indian community group called IDAMA (Indian Dance & Music Association) in Lincoln, UK from 1997 to 1999. 
 
I have been an active participant in many festival occasions at the Sri Sathya Sai Organisation, Leicester and Bristol.
 

In Bristol I sang for the Bharathanatyam Dance recital of Mathangi Ramakrishnan at SGAP Mela in 2004. 

 

I performed a vocal concert and a veena recital at the Bath Music Festival in 2004 held in Theatre Royal. 

 

I rendered Vocal concert for International Women’s Day held at Council House in Bristol in 2006.
 
 I trained a group of children from the City Academy, Bristol  to sing and play bhajans (devotional music) using western instruments to support their curriculum studies in other world music genre in 2006.


I performed Veena with Dr Joel, a well known piano and percussion artist at the Oxjam Music Festival at Bristol Folk House in 2007.
 
I have taught Indian folk and Bollywood dance to community groups including the Brownies group in Whitchurch in 2007. 
 

I have also participated in the Thyagaraja Aradhana held at the Balaji Temple in Birmingham at 2008.

 

I volunteered as a voluntary play worker and organized cross cultural activities including music, fashion, cooking and dance at Brislington Neighbourhood Center in 2008  and 2009. 

 
In 2010, I taught Bollywood dance for the St. George's Dragon' After School Club in Bristol for 5 weeks.
 
In 2011,  I collaborated with the members of Sri Sathya Sai Organization and trained them in Carnatic music to perform at the Festival of songs held at St Georges , Bristol, Bristol Hindu Temple and  at the Bristol Multifaith Celebrations.
 
I have also performed Vocal and Veena at the St Georges Global Garden Party in 2011.
 
I did an Indian Costume Workshop for Kids and Ladies held at New Oak Primary School & Corpus Christie Primary School at Western Super-mare in Nov 2011 and Jan, 2012 which was much appreciated and welcomed.
 

From the age of fifteen I started to assist my grandmother by teaching  veena  and vocal to her students. I have lived in various countries like India, Libya, England and have been teaching and performing  during  festival occasions in a multicultural setti 

 

Global Garden Party at St Georges Bristol 2011

Festival of Songs  2010 &2011 

 

Global Garden Party at St Georges Bristol 2011

Festival of Songs  2010 &2011 
In the year 2008, I ristol, the Brislington Neighbourhood Centre
 
In the year 2008, I ristol, the Brislington Neighbourhood Centre
 

Vocal, Veena & Dance Classes

I teach Carnatic Vocal & Instrumental Veena for all age groups from kids to adults from Basics to Advanced Lessons. I also teach small devotional songs, Bhajans and melodic Indian classics.

I teach Tamil Music - Thevaram & Thiruppugazh for those interested to learn the rich cultural poetry of Ancient Tamils.

 I'm keen in doing classes and workshops for Indian Traditional Group Dance for kids and young adults who are interested in thematic presentations for cultural events or shows.

 

http://theatrebristol.net/durga-ramakrishnan

You can find out more about my current activities in and around Bristol on my profile page at TheatreBristol.

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