“KALA” her forename means “ART”.
Maestro Kala Ramnath, the name synonymous with the “Singing Violin” belongs to a violin dynasty from India- a unique musical lineage of seven generations which straddles both the classical systems of the subcontinent. Here is what Jazzwise magazine had to say about her…
“If Mozart had been transported to the South Asian subcontinent this is what he and improvised Western classical music might have sounded like. This comparison is not thrown in to befuddle or impress. Kala Ramnath is a musician of giant-like qualities.”-Ken Hunt
This is what the legendary vocalist and one of her Gurus Pandit Jasraj had to say about her in 1998….
“To write about one’s daughter and disciple is a very difficult proposition. All I can say is that I’m thankful to the Almighty that he has given me Kala, who with her immense talent and musical abilities is all set to carry forward my tradition and legacy – The torch bearer of the Mewati Gharana in the true sense of the word. ‘Kala’ means art and that too related to fine arts. She stands true to her name in every way.”
Born to parents Malathy Mani and T.N.Mani in a family which has produced two violin legends, Prof. T.N. Krishnan in Carnatic or South Indian Classical Music and Dr. N.Rajam in Hindustani or North Indian Classical Music, Kala Ramnath has created a niche place for herself in the field of Hindustani Classical Music and World Music.