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KADRI GOPALNATH

Kadri GopalnathFamed Saxophone player, Kadri Gopalnath has single-handedly brought to focus the expressive power of the instrument, in Carnatic music rendition.

Born in Panemangalore (near Mangalore) in 1950, Kadri Gopalnath's introduction to music was through his father's playing the Nadaswaram (a south Indian wind instrument). Hearing the Saxophone played at the Mysore Palace, Kadri Gopalnath was smitten for life. His guru T.V. Gopalkrishnan played a significant part in harnessing the potential of the young musician.

Kadri Gopalnath was the first Carnatic musician to be invited to perform at the BBC Promenade concert in 1994 at London. He has also participated in the Jazz Festival in Prague, the Berlin Jazz Festival , the International Cervantino Festival in Mexico, the Music Halle Festival, Paris, Concerts in Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Bahrain, Malaysia and Singapore. Film director, K.Balachandar used his skills in the music for his Tamil film Duet. Recipient of several awards, Kadri Gopalnath has also many successful recordings to his credit.


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MEESAI MURUGESH

Meesai MurugesanDr I.S. Murugesh popularly known as Meesai Murugesh is the son of a great 'thavil' vidhwan (an expert percussionist) Subramaniam Mudaliar. Young Murugesan started playing the 'Kottankuchi' (coconut shell), alongside great musicians like K.P. Sundarambal, M.K.T. Bhagavathar, T.M. Soundarajan, Seerkazhi Govindarajan and other famous Tamil Carnatic singers of those days.

His amazing inventiveness in producing music from almost any kind of object has been used for thousands of songs during his 40 years in M.S. Viswanathan's music troupe. He has played instruments that he himself has invented, for songs in all regional languages. The Kadaasankari, Ekthaar, Mungoes, Dukhitharan are some of the instruments he has invented.

Some of the famous Tamil Music Directors that he has played for include S.M. Subbiah Naidu, G. Ramanathan, C S Pandu Rangan, MS Viswanathan, Ilayaraja and Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan. In Hindi he has played for Shankar Jaikishen, Lakshmikant-Pyarelal, in Telugu for Chalapathy Rao (of the 'Jaali lo jymkana' song fame).

Today he manages a one-man band 'Apoorva Thalavaithiyangal'. He has toured successfully across Europe, Canada, Germany, Russia and the United States. He also performs all over Tamil Nadu. He is the recipient of the Kalaimamani award and the honorary title of Doctor of Music has been conferred on him. He has also starred in more than 100 films.


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