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S h a n t a l a
S u b r a m a n y a m
Bamboo Flute Artist
Shantala Subramanyam born in Bangalore, was raised in Chennai, heartland of Carnatic music, renowned for its emphasis on improvisation on beautiful ragas within a highly evolved rhythmic vocabulary. She plays the VENU, a Carnatic bamboo flute, and it’s an instrument with a warm sonority.
Like many Carnatic musicians, Shantala started playing in early childhood under the tutelage of her father M N Subramanyam, himself an amature musician and her brother Shashank, an eminent flute artist.
It was also her good fortune to be trained by eminent performers - vocalist late Sri. Vairamangalam Lakshminarayanan and is currently pursuing vocal music training under Sri O.S.Thyagarajan and Sri T V Gopalakrishanan. She is grateful to the famed South Indian drummers Trichur Sri.Narendran, Patri Satish Kumar and Parupalli Phalgun for imparting rhythm training, spread over a decade.
Owing to her diligent training and hard training, Shantala has been highly appreciated for her melodic presentations combined with complex rhythmic patterns. Today, she’s recognized as an important and authentic voice in this demanding tradition and this view has been echoed by music critiques.
“Shantala Subramanyam is a very gifted and well-trained flautist. Her concert at the Bhavan, Mylapore was thoroughly enjoyable on may fronts, particularly to the song selection and intelligent rhythmic variations.”
Shantala has graced the stages of many reputed organizations in India and is a frequent visitor to Europe, USA, Canada, England, Ireland and Malaysia for concerts, workshops and lec-dems. Some of her notable in India include concerts for Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Narada GanaSabha, Mudhra, Hamsadhwani, Rama SevaMandali, Bharatiya Sama Gana Sabha, Chembur fine arts, Sri Rama Laltha Kala Mandir, Parathasarathy Swami Sabha, to name a few.
Bhavan -UK, UNOmaha, UNCG, MIM - Phoenix, Arab Museum - Detroit, North Charleston Arts festival, Oregon, LearnQuest - USA, Sacred music festivals - Drammen - Norway, Markotberdorf -Germany, Strasbourg - France, are some of the prestigous International festivals and venues that have featured Shantala's performance.
She has given master classes in Carnatic music and rhythms in Goteborg University, Music Academy OSLO, Royal College of Music – Stockholm, UNCG -North Carolina. She has performed for young audiences in schools in Sweden, Germany, USA and India.
She has released 3 CD albums titled “Bamboo in Harmony”, "Bamboo Sings" and “Dakshin” in collaboration with popular and competitive artists from the South Indian music tradition. The albums have been highly appreciated by critiques and audiences alike.
With some school chidren in Sweden after our concert for them - September 2011 - Also seen Akkarai Sornalatha
From a concert in Goa with Akkarai Sornalatha and Jayachandra Rao - Feb 2014
With the members of Scott Wood band after our concert with them - Scotland 2017 April