Dr. Lakshminarayana Subramaniam (born on 23 July 1947) is an acclaimed Indian violinist, composer and conductor, trained in the classical Carnatic music tradition and Western classical music, and renowned for his virtuoso playing techniques and compositions in orchestral fusion. Subramaniam was born to V Lakshminarayana, and Seethalakshmi, both accomplished musicians of Tamil descent.
He lived in Jaffna during his younger years, taking up music studies before the age of five. He began training in violin under the tutelage of his father, Professor V. Lakshminarayana. “Mani”, as he is fondly known by fellow musicians and his family, gave his first public performance at the age of six.
His brothers are also acclaimed musicians, and include the well-known violinist-composers L. Shankar (alias Shenkar) and L Vaidyanathan. He has released recordings with both. Subramaniam developed a passion for music as well as science from a young age, studying Medicine and acquiring his M.B.B.S. at Madras Medical College.
He registered as a General Practitioner, before deciding to pursue music full-time. He has a Master’s degree in Western classical music, which he acquired at the California Institute of the Arts.
Since 1973, Subramaniam has amassed over 200 recordings to his credit, releasing several historic solo albums, recording collaborations with musicians Yehudi Menuhin, Stéphane Grappelli, Ruggiero Ricci and Jean-Pierre Rampal, further to making albums and performing with Ruggiero Ricci, Herbie Hancock, Joe Sample, Jean-Luc Ponty, Stanley Clarke and several others.
He has accompanied highly regarded vocalists in Carnatic music on stage including Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar, K. V. Narayaswamy, Dr. Pinakapani, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, M. Balamuralikrishna and M. D. Ramanathan. He has also performed many concerts with the venerable Palghat Mani Iyer on the Mridangam, in addition to collaborating with musicians of North Indian Hindustani music and artists of other music systems.
Subramaniam has written works for orchestras, ballets and Hollywood film scores, and written books on music – such as Euphony – in addition to composing symphonies and Carnatic pieces. In 1983, he composed a Double Concerto for violin and flute which combined western scales with micro intervals.
Awards & Titles
- Presidents Award Best Violinist All India Radio
- Best Western Instrumentalist IIT Madras
- Grammy Nomination
- Sangeeta Sagaram Cultural Centre of Performing Arts
- Award for outstanding contribution to Indo-American goodwill
- Padma Shri Government of India
- Creative Music Award Sangeet Natak Akademi
- Onida Pinnacle Award for Surabhi Best title track Composer
- Nada Chakravarthy SGS Swamiji, Trinidad and Tobago
- World Music Festival at Madison Square Gardens Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, NY
- Sangeeta Ratna Mysore T. Chowdaiah Memorial National Award (Award in recognition of outstanding contributions as a composer & successful efforts to synthesize east and west music)
- Best Composer Award/Commission NRK P2, Norway
- Special Medal of Honour HH King Birendra of Nepal (After a performance celebration His Majestys 25th Anniversary of accession to the throne)
- Lotus Festival Award City of Los Angeles
- Manaviyam (Millennium) Award Government of Kerala
- Padma Bhushan Government of India
- Sangeetha Kalaa Shiromani Percussive Arts Centre, Bangalore
- Honorary Doctrate Bangalore University
- Sangeetha Kalaratna Bangalore Gayana Samaja
- Viswa Kala Bharathi Bharat Kalachar, Chennai
- Asthana Vidwan ISKCON, Bangalore
- Tantri Nada Mani Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, Kanchipuram
- GiMA (Best Fusion Album – Live at Neues Gewandhaus, Leipzig)
- Global Indian Music Academy (GiMA) Best Carnatic Instrumental Album – Violin Maestros
- Big Star IMA Award
- Best Classical Instrumental Album – Violin Maestros (Indian Music Academy)
- Uttam Vag Geykar Jialal Vasant Award Ajivasan
- GiMA – Global Indian Music Academy Best Carnatic Instrumental Album – Innovations
- Lifetime Achievement Award Limca Book of Records
- Personality of the Decade Award” by KG Foundation
- Rama Gana Kalachara Award
- Munnu Guru Sangeeth Award
- Rotary Club of Madras – Vocational Excellence Award
- Orpheus of the East Kala Samarpana
- Received the title from Stephen Charras, Alliance Francaise, Chennai
- Violin Chakravarthy Governor of Madras
- Ritz Icon of the Year 2014