17 Mar 2007, 12:05
One good thing leads to another they say. I was browsing www.emusic.com
, looking for music featuring Anindo Chatterjee
and remembered that i'd heard him accompany the sitarist Purbayan Chatterjee
a few years back at the South Bank Centre here in London. So, i searched for the latter and came across an album. This didn't feature Anindo Chatterjee on tabla as it happens. However it introduced me to an entirely new (for me) artist, the violinist Kala Ramnath
. In fact, although listed as a Purbayan Chatterjee album, Samwad
is actually a collaboration.
From there it was but one short step to discovering Kala Ramnath's own solo album Kala
, which is gorgeous. I've never been that much of a fan of the violin if i'm honest, but with her dark earthy tones Kala's playing pushes my prejudices effortlessly aside. In many ways her violin sound feels like a cello, but more highly pitched. You feel all the strength and warmth of the wood.