Kala Ramnath

The Singing Violin


“KALA” her forename literally means “ART” in Sanskrit – That art, which manifests Happiness or God, “the Supreme Truth”

Maestro Kala Ramnath belongs to a violin dynasty from India- a unique musical lineage of seven generations which straddles both the classical systems of the subcontinent.

Here are a few quotes on her:

“like an angel in human form. Just to watch her play is an extraordinary thing. She has this tremendously relaxed, sublime way of playing that draws you in immediately. She’s known for her incredibly lyrical playing. I’m always thrilled when I hear her play. She’s one of the greatest musicians on the planet.”

-Terry Riley in the San Francisco Chronicle in 2015

“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 in the Jazzwise magazine in 2004

“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.

-Legendary Indian Classical Vocalist and Kala’s Guru, Pandit Jasraj in 1998

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