We were thrilled to have Carnatic Music extraordinaire and Mandolin prodigy SM Subhani, perform and share his musical prowess with our community of students, staff, local alumni and parents last week. It was an evening to remember, as Subhani and his team played classical melodies, as well as some audience-requested modern tunes at the drop of a dime. Head of the KIS Music Department, Paul Jaikumar stated, “Music cuts across cultures and brings people together. Creating opportunities and platforms, to expose our children to a variety of music, is what we aim to do as part of the school’s music education program.”
It was an evening to celebrate Indian Classical Music and having SM Subhani and team performing for the ‘next generation’ was a real treat for the KIS community. “It’s always a pleasure to share my music with a diverse audience base,” shared Subhani, who has been performing since the age of 12. His creative genius has led him to work with a range of artistes, including AR Rahman.
Subhani’s vibrant performances include an excellent blend of tradition and modernity, which has helped him connect with a variety of audiences at home, in India, and abroad. Former KIS staff and parent, Ann Peck, who attended the concert, shared her excitement of watching Subhani’s performance, “Fantastic! Incredible! Unbelievable! Subhani is an incredible young man and we were able to witness him play the electric mandolin, like Jimi Hendrix on the guitar.”
As part of the KIS Music curriculum, students are encouraged to pursue and enhance their musical abilities. KIS serves as a center for the Indian Music exams of the Annamalai University. Mala Bharathan, the Indian Classical Music teacher at KIS, says, “As the school is located in South India, every year we have a number of international and local students who are interested in learning Carnatic voice or an Indian Classical instrument. It was of great encouragement to the children to witness a world-class performer like SM Subhani.”