Kala Ramnath

Kala Ramnath (born 29 May 1967), is an Indian violinist. She belongs to the Mewati gharana. She was awarded the Jasraj award in 1999.

Kala Ramnath was born in Chennai, India, into a family of prodigious musical talent, which has given Indian music such violin legends as T.N. Krishnan and N. Rajam.

She began playing the violin at three under the tutelage of her grandfather, Vidwan Narayan Iyer, and her aunt Dr. N. Rajam. For fifteen years she studied with the Mewati vocal maestro, Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj. This has brought a rare vocal emotionalism to her art.

Her violin playing is characterized by an immaculate bowing and fingering technique, command over laya, richness and clarity in sur. She has revolutionized the technique of playing the violin by taking this instrument so close to vocal music that today her violin is called The Singing Violin.

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