Carnatic violinist Apoorva Krishna feels that the theme of the forthcoming One World Many Musics festival is similar to her own musical journey. “I spent my early days in the US, did my schooling and college in Bengaluru and masters in Europe, and was simultaneously exposed to different genres,” she explains. The instrumentalist will perform in the city this evening, where she will be joined by Iranian pianist Hami Keivan, Polish saxophonist Jerzy Maczinski and percussionists Anoor Vinod Shyam and Sunaad Anoor.
Four of the nine pieces are composed by Krishna, and Keivan and Maczinski have written two each, with one being a team effort. Krishna, who is 22, became fascinated with the violin at the young age of five, and has since then followed the method created by the legendary Lalgudi Jayaraman. Her journey began when she attended a US concert by the maestro’s niece Anuradha Sridhar, who accepted her as a disciple.
The youngster also learnt from Sridhar’s mother Lalgudi Brahmanandam. “I have had rigorous training in the Lalgudi school. Besides laying the foundation of my technique, it has helped shape my thinking and guided my composing,” she says. A stint at the Berklee College of Music in Spain exposed Krishna to Bulgarian music, funk-fusion and rock. In 2017, she became the first Indian to get a scholarship from Tarisio Trust for her composition ‘Bahudari’ with percussionists Vinod Shyam and Sunaad Anoor. “Only string-based instrumentalists under 30 were eligible, and my piece was chosen third among over 200 entries,” she recalls. The grant also led to her composing the single ‘Ragamaya’, in collaboration with vocalist Shankar Mahadevan.
Though Krishna’s roots are in Carnatic music, she makes it a point to follow other genres closely. “As a child, I heard a lot of piano. Different compositions need special treatment,” she says. The young musician plans to release an album of her original compositions soon, “I shall showcase some of them at my show in Mumbai. I am looking forward to the response,” she says.
Sanyog by Apoorva Krishna and group will perform as part of the One World Many Musics: Celebrating Artistic Plurality this evening at the NCPA; more details at bookmyshow.com