RAGA AND EMOTIONS
‘Raga’ is a remarkable and central feature of the Indian classical music tradition. A group of notes that invokes an aesthetic sense is termed as ‘Raga’. Each rāga is an array of melodic structures which give rise to a set of characteristic emotions and feelings to the artist and the audience and creates a serene atmosphere around. Carnatic music is mostly devotion in nature and helps to find oneself to touch the soul and be one with the true self ‘The Almighty’. Be it a listener, student, practitioner, performer, composer and or a teacher, the benefits we derive from the ragas in Carnatic music is immeasurable.
Smt Durga Ramakrishnan is a south indian Carnatic vocalist and vainika from Chennai. She hails from a musical family and her grandmother Smt C N Kalpakam was her first guru and she has learnt both vocal and veena from her. Later she graduated in Indian Music from Madras University. She underwent teachers’ training in music from Chennai Music Academy. She has performed in Chennai All India Radio and Doordharshan Youth programmes.
She has been teaching vocal and veena for past 30 years. She lives in Bristol and also gives online lessons in veena and vocal to promote distance learning. She conducts workshops in schools on indian music and culture. She has performed in various venues such as Council House, Bristol City Academy, Bath Royal Theatre, St Georges’ Bristol and Colston Hall Foyre.
She is associated with local Indian community and has given performances on various occasions at the Bristol Hindu Temple, Sathya Sai Organisation, Kerela Hindu Samaj, Kalalaya, Rhythm India, Tamil Association Bristol and Kerela Samajam. She continues to sing during Thyagaraja Aaradhana and Brahmotsavam events at the Birmingham Balaji temple. She has performed for many charity events like Oxjam and Kerela crafts in Bristol and Bath.
In 2014 her son Hari Ramakrishnan produced a documentary film on her musical career which was published and archived in M Shed by Asian Arts Agency on ‘Desh’ project. In 2015 she performed at ‘Sanctum’ where Bristol was chosen as Green Capital of Europe.
More information on this workshop coming soon.