Chatline Violinist, music composer and conductor, Michael Makhal talks about his musical legacy and tells Vishnupriya Bhandaram it’s time to teach people the many nuances, subtleties and beauties of western classical music
Residents of Lotus Enclave at Srinagar Colony are perhaps familiar with Vivaldi and Bach, if not by education, then simply by hearing the music. At the house of Michael Makhal, the prodigal Bengali violinist who made Hyderabad his home, the walls are lined with images of Luciano Pavarotti, Zubin Mehta and Itzhak Perlman and a picture of his father Ananta Makhal — whom he considers to be his only guru. Ananta Makhal was a violinist and conductor of the Calcutta Chamber Orchestra. “My father gave his whole life to the orphanage where he grew up, the Oxford Mission Orphanage, where he taught till he breathed his last,” says Michael.