The Art of Listening to Music With Mohan Subramaniam

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LEXINGTON, MA–Mohan Subramaniam’s versatility and in-depth knowledge of music has delighted New England music lovers for several years now. In his professional life, he is a professor at Boston College.

In an exclusive video interview with INDIA New England News, Subramaniam talks about how to listen to music in his own professorial style. The discussion focuses on sur, taal, emotions and their intricate interplay with real examples. In a way, the interview takes one through the history of playback singing in India, highlighting similarities, differences and strengths and weaknesses of legendary singers like Rafi, Mukesh, Kishore and Lataji.

On Saturday, May 7, Subramaniam and his group will present  “A Musical Journey with Hrishikesh Mukherjee” at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, MA , to celebrate legendary Mukherjee’s contributions to Hindi film music.

Mohan Subramaniam
Mohan Subramaniam

Lovingly referred to as Hrishi da, Mukherjee’s movies include Anupama, Anand, Abhimaan, Anuradha, Guddi, Bawarchi, Namak Haram, Golmaal, Chupke Chupke and Mili. His movies famously depicted Indian middle class lives and their stories. His movies also gave melodious music and some unforgettable songs.

“We are so excited about ‘A musical journey with Hrishikesh Mukherjee” on Saturday May 7th,’ Subramaniam told INDIA New England News.  “We have worked hard to create this show that presents a nice blend of choice clips from his films and some unforgettable songs from his movies.”

The May 7th show is presented by Swati  and Pratip Mukherjee and Meera and Mohan Subramaniam. Singers include Subramaniam, Sowmya Shri, Raghu Saranathan, Valentino Almeida and  Nidhi Tare Lad.



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