World Music Festival Chicago honors India’s 70th Anniversary of Independence with the world premiere of Bharath Symphony, a stunning new orchestral epic composed by the brilliant Indian classical violinist L. Subramaniam.
Dr. Lakshminarayana Subramaniam
Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam
Elmhurst College and Community Philharmonic Orchestra
About Bharath Symphony:
Brarath Symphony was commissioned by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and it promises not only to be a highlight of this year’s festival, but a classic for years to come—it’s already been programmed later in 2017 by London’s influential Barbican Centre with the London Symphony Orchestra. The four-movement work was conceived to honor a relatively modern achievement, but its scope is much vaster, an ultra-rich history of Indian classical music. The work opens with a section that incorporates chants from the sacred Sanskrit text called the Rigveda, believed to date back 5000 years. As the symphony unfolds the second movement examines the collision of Islamic and Mughal elements in the music with the introduction of Hindu instruments like the tabla; the third movement will explore the way European influences brought orchestral instruments such as the violin into Indian traditions; finally, the last movement will embrace the modern developments that have arisen in the wake of independence. Joining Subramaniam is an all-star cast including the acclaimed Bollywood singer Kavita Krishnamurti—who is also fluent in classical traditions–master percussionists Tanmoy Bose, Radhakrishnan Narayanaswamy, and Mahesh Krishnamurthy, slide guitar pioneer Debashish Bhattacharya, and the composer’s own daughter Bindui, an accomplished singer. For the Chicago performance the elite soloists will be joined by the Elmhurst College and Community Philharmonic Orchestra.