Alapana and the Mastery of an Art

640px-A_Lady_Playing_the_Tanpura,_ca._1735I occasionally post about my music interests on the blog.  I am no aficionado of Indian music but I certainly know what I like when I hear it.  Doing a little exploring on YouTube recently has led me to some remarkable players so I decided to share a bit from Jayanthi Kumaresh.  She comes from a family of Carnatic musicians dating back six generations and holds a doctorate in music.  She has been playing since the age of three and her mastery is beyond a doubt.  This woman really rocks.  After about 5:15 on the first video she really gets into gear.

The Veena she plays dates back in it’s current form at least 3,500 years giving it some significance in staying power if nothing else.  If you are interested in broadening your musical horizons there are plenty more links out there and services like YouTube and Vimeo are an excellent vehicle to expand knowledge.  Believe it or not, there’s more to the internet than conspiracy theories, social gossip, and cute animal videos.

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