Class of Class is the biggest festival of music the city of Chennai will ever witness. With 11 Stars of Carnatic music Ace Composer Ramesh Vinayakam is all set to present this Classical Music Extravaganza which combines tradition and innovation on 28th July at the prestigious Sri Muktha Venakata Subbarao Hall, Chetpet Chennai.
Known for his exquisite melodies Ramesh Vinakayakam has brought Eleven Gems of Carnatic music to sing his classical compositions of his on one stage CLASS of CLASS with different ensembles and instruments to give a rare treat of all the beautiful soundscapes of classical music.
The glittering line up is capped by the Sangita Kalanidhi designate Padmashri Aruna Sairam, Nithyashree Mahadevan, Sikkil Gurucharan, Abishek Raguram, Unni Krishnan, , Trichur Brothers, Gayathri Venkatraghavan and the duos Sriram Parasuram Anuradha Sriram and Srirajini Santhanagopalan to perform exclusive classical works composed by Ramesh Vinayakam.
Indian film industry is the only industry which started telling stories using songs based on Classical music. Eventually the story telling techniques evolved and today music is a crucial tool that filmmaker use. This 3-hour show intends to celebrate this relation between Cinema and Classical music which were both studded by the icons from Ms Subbulakshmi to Bombay Jayashri from G N Balasubramaniam to UNNIKRISHNAN and the immortal compare Papanasam Sivan. And there are the great composers from G Ramanathan, M S Viswanathan K V Mahadevan to Illayaraja and A R Rahman
who all produced raga based music in films and create the most beautiful of melodies.
However, this is the very first time in history that a classical Kutchery will entirely be of compositions of a film music director to perform which thirty classical musicians come together.
Who other than Ramesh Vinayakam can formulate something like this? He is not just a musician, but a singer, teacher, researcher and an innovator himself!
From scoring music for a Hollywood movie (‘A Common Man’ with Sir Ben Kingsley in the lead) to inventing the first ever comprehensive notation for Indian Classical music; from composing devotional to fusion; from being a singer to a lyricist; from being a teacher to a researcher Ramesh Vinayakam’s achievements spans across a credible range of musical genres and fields.His score for Ramanujan is discussed in the prestigious Cambridge University publication The Cambridge Companion to Film Music.