Fusion on Menu for a Bollywood Great; Classical
Byline: PATSY FULLER
CLASSICAL music will look east when one of Bollywood's greatest singers teams up with her violinist husband for a concert next month.
Kavita Krishnamurti, one of the greatest voices of Bollywood films, will join her husband, Indian violin icon Dr L Subramaniam and musicians from India and the UK in a programme of Bollywood hits and classical Indian violin music at Birmingham Symphony Hall on April 30.
The concert will include hit songs such as Dola re Dola from the box-office smash Devdas - which have made Kavita a household name with Bollywood film buffs.
Her husband is widely recognised as India's finest violinist and is also a renowned composer, who has written music in both the Indian and Western classical traditions.
His album Conversations and his orchestral composition Fantasy on Vedic Chants have become milestones in fusion music.
One of his fans was the late Yehudi Menuhin who said: "I find nothing more inspiring than the music making of my very great colleague Subramaniam. Each time I listen to him, I am carried away in wonderment."
Meanwhile music made famous by legendary Bollywood singer Mohammed Rafi will be brought to life at Symphony Hall on Friday, April 7.
The tribute will star Mehboob Chohan, who studied under Rafi, and British Asian bhangra stars Sameera Singh, Shin and Slinder Pardesi. The performers will be accompanied by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
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THE voices of Warwickshirebased choir Armonico Consort will be on a high for the last of their current season of concerts tomorrow.
The choir is singing Allegri's Miserere Mei in the lovely setting of St Peter's Church in Dormer Place, Leamington, at 7.30pm. It will be a fitting end to their season - they've enjoyed full houses at every event.
Artistic director Christopher Monks says: "The popularity of concert going and love for live music in Warwickshire never ceases to amaze me."
Tomorrow's concert also includes Jeptha by Carissimi and Membra Jesu Nostri by Buxtehude.
Christopher says: "If you love the Allegri, you will adore the other pieces - they are incredibly profound and passionate works which are rarely heard. We are performing with period strings and lute, which will add a special dimension. …