Dr. L. Subramaniam began his performance career at the age of six, and over the last six decades has given thousands of performances around the world. He began his career performing with legends like Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar and Palghat Mani Iyer, In his teens and early twenties, he was a part of the historic violin trio created by his father Prof. V. Lakshminarayana with his brothers.
He taken Carnatic music to every corner of the world from Iceland to South Africa, from Brazil to New Zealand and has captivated audiences around the world. He is responsible for establishing South Indian classical music at mainstream venues and has performed at the most prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Chicago’s Millennium Park, Beijing’s National Center for Performing Arts and the Esplanade.
Carnatic music, the traditional classical music of South India is performed cross-legged, seated on the floor. The main artist is seated in the centre, with the percussionists on both sides. Dr. Subramaniam often performs duets with his son Ambi Subramaniam, and they are accompanied by two, three or four South Indian percussionists (mridangam, ghatam,khanjira, moorsing). A typical concert is of one and a half to two hours in duration and has a short interval between the first and second half.
Much of Carnatic music is improvised, and depends on the creativity and technical prowess of the performer. Dr. Subramaniam’s concerts normally contain a combination of the following compositional forms: varnam, kriti and ragam-tanam-pallavi.