Kala Ramnath (violin)
CLASSICAL MUSIC OF INDIA
KALA RAMNATH (violin) - Disciple of PANDIT JASRAJ
Kala Ramnath stands today among the most outstanding instrumental musicians of North India. Born into a family of prodigious musical talent, which has given Indian music such violin legends as Prof. T.N. Krishnan and Dr. N. Rajam,
Kala’s genius with the violin manifested itself from early childhood. A pre-eminent disciple of the legendary vocalist Pandit Jasraj, Kala has completely revolutionized violin technique and produces a sound so evocative of North Indian vocal music that today her violin is called “The Singing Violin”.
A virtuoso of of the highest level, Kala has performed at all the major music festivals in India, as well as the most prestigious stages throughout the world including the Sydney Opera House, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and New York’s Carnegie hall to name a few. Kala’s international presence can also be felt through her increasingly frequent appearances on Hollywood “lm soundtracks including Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscar nominated “Blood Diamond”. Kala is at the vanguard of the present generation of Indian super-stars. She is rigorously trained in the classical tradition yet comfortably forges musical alliances with artists of renown from different genres around the globe incorporating elements of jazz, flamenco and traditional African music into her rich and varied palette. Besides all these, she has numerous CD’s to her credit. e prestigious Songlines Magazine reviewing World Music voted the Album “KALA”, and “SAMVAD” Top of the World in its charts for the year 2004, YASHILA for 2006 and SAMAYA for 2008.
SONGLINES also selected her as one of the “fty best instrumentalists of the world in the genre of World Music and also her CD KALA as one of the “fty best recordings of the world. e Encyclopedia- Rough Guide to World Music in its third edition, which was released 21st December 2009, has a solo essay on her for her contributions in the “eld of violin in Indian Music.