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Kadri Gopalnath - Saxophone
A. Kanyakumari - Violin
Dhendanikottai Mani - Thavil

Kadri Gopalnath was born in Dakshina Kannada district, Karnataka. He acquired a taste for music from his father Thaniappa, a nadhaswaram vidwan. Young Gopalnath once saw the saxophone being played in the Mysore palace band set. Thrilled on hearing the vibrant tone of the saxophone, Gopalnath decided to master it. It took him nearly 20 years for him to conquer the complex western wind instrument and he was eventually crowned as the "Saxophone Chakravarthy".

His achievement is remarkable since Gopalnath had to make certain improvisations to the conventional Saxophone instrument to play Carnatic music. So perfect has this adaptation been that no less a musician than Shemmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, the doyen of Indian Carnatic music, has acknowledged Kadri Gopalnath has a true Carnatic music genius.

Gopalnath learnt playing Carnatic music on the saxophone under Gopalkrishna Iyer of Kalaniketana, Mangalore. His dedication and tireless efforts enabled him to imbibe all the nuances of Carnatic music and the Saxophone. In Madras, Gopalnath came in contact with the versatile mridangist T.V. Gopalkrishnan who identified the youngster's potential and chiseled him into an internationally famed artist.

His maiden performance was for the Chembai Memorial Trust. It was a roaring success. 1980 Bombay Jazz festival was a turning point for Gopalnath. At the festival was present John Handy, a famous Jazz musician from California. Hearing Gopalnath play, Handy asked if he could go on stage and perform alongside with him. So good did the two artists in total synchronization on stage, Handy in the Jazz style and Gopalnath in the Carnatic style, that it became an instant hit with the audience. And thus was born, fusion music on the Saxophone! Gopalnath has participated in the Jazz Festival in Prague, Berlin Jazz Festival, International Cervantino Festival in Mexico, Music Hall Festival in Paris, the BBC Promenade concert in 1994 at London and has toured extensively all over the world, performing in all prestigious music venues in India and abroad.

He has cut many albums and has recorded a number of cassettes and CDs. His production called 'East-West' is an audio-video presentation that, as the title suggests, is a fusion of Western and Indian music. This album took 6 months to produce and has compositions from Saint Tyagaraja, Beethoven and the likes. Identifying his talents, noted film director, K. Balachandar used Gopalnath's services in his Tamil film 'Duet', which put Gopalnath on a new pedestal. Titles and honors have come his way, the most cherished being the Asthana Vidwan of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam and the Shringerei Sharada Peetam.

Date: 10/26/2003
Location: Wong Auditorium
Time: 4:00 pm

Cost: MITHAS Members: General - $18; Student - $10; Kid under 8 - Free
Others: General - $25; Student - $12; Kid under 8 - $5
Dinner with the artists: $35 (Catered food and advance booking only)

Tickets can be purchased at http://www.sulekha.com/mithas

Contact: Venkat - 781-647-9522

Email: venkat_venkataraman@yahoo.com
Directions: For directions visit: http://whereis.mit.edu/bin/map?locate=wong

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