Violin has been an integral part of Indian music history for hundreds of years—as has the mridangam, a double-headed drum crafted from the wood of the jackfruit tree. The worldwide ambassadors of these instruments are Ganesh Rajagopalan and Trichy Sankaran (respectively), who take the stage together as part of Town Hall’s Global Rhythms series.
Trichy Sankaran is a world-renowned percussion virtuoso, Indian music scholar and composer, and is widely regarded as one of the world’s best mridangam players. Maestro Sankaran has performed at major festivals in India, South East Asia, Europe, Australia and North America. He has enriched his style of playing mridangam with his own innovative approach, and is a much sought-after guru due to his approachability, warmth, and uniquely refined teaching style. Sankaran has collaborated with numerous artists in the field of Western classical, Jazz, and World music, and he continues to perform and write compositions for contemporary and world music ensembles.
Sankaran is joined onstage by master violinist and vocalist of Carnatic music Ganesh Rajagopalan, known in India and worldwide for his virtuosity as a violinist who bridges different musical systems. Rajagopalan has evolved a unique musical style and melding his technique and background with many other genres, combining his technique and background with various forms of music ranging from Hindustani to jazz, folk, blues, and much more. A child prodigy who began performing at the age of seven, Rajagopalan rose to stardom performing with legends like tabla maestro Zakir Hussain and guitarist John McLaughlin of Shakti fame as well as for his solo violin work with Oscar-winning Bollywood music director A. R. Rahman and many others.
Sit in for a spellbinding two-part performance by two of the Indian music world’s foremost masters of their instruments.