Rooted in tradition, not afraid of innovation

Special Correspondent
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Sreevalsan J. Menon will perform at BTM cultural academy, Bangalore, on Saturday. —File photo
Sreevalsan J. Menon will perform at BTM cultural academy, Bangalore, on Saturday. —File photo

Sreevalsan J. Menon from Kerala, who is performing at the BTM Cultural Academy on Saturday, is known for his amalgam of varied idioms and approaches fused into his own expressive Neyyattinkara schooling.

Underlined with signature phrases of his guru, vocalist Neyyattinkara Vasudevan, he says: “My journey traces its roots to the Semmangudi and Ramnad Krishnan school, my guru’s training camps.” Also Vasudevan’s adoration of M.D. Ramanathan and K.V. Narayanaswamy’s approach was also hugely influential on him.

It was about two decades ago as a young boy that Sreevalsan captivated the Music Academy audience — and ensured himself a reputable career — when he took up the deliberation of Mukhari along with his guru.

His penchant for listening to old masters and contemplating on the spirit infused by saint-poets in their lyrical mastery led him to study Kerala’s own Sopana Sangeetham by 15th and 16th Century poets for Kathakali expositions. Quote often he infuses it into some of the ragas in his Carnatic presentations. His career in scoring music for films also keeps him busy.

Bangalore’s connoisseurs are used to Sreevalsan’s elaborate presentations, and his concert at the BTM Academy was again on rasikas demand, says academy president K.N. Ananthramaiah.

So what is he presenting? “I would like to keep it a surprise, but as it is Ramanavami season, the Lord will be the focus in my kritis,” says the musician.

The event is at 5.30 p.m. at the Ramana Maharshi Academy for the Blind, J.P Nagar 3rd Phase.

  • Sreevalsan J. Menon to perform at BTM cultural academy today

  • He is a disciple of Neyyattinkara Vasudevan




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