Born - 23 July 1947
Achievements - L. Subramaniam is a talented senior Indian
violinist, composer and conductor skilled in Carnatic music of south
India and Western classical. He is known to have done more than 150
recordings and has worked with many big names like Yehudi Menuhin, Stéphane
Grappelli, Ruggiero Ricci, etc.
L. Subramaniam is a very highly talented senior Indian violinist,
composer and conductor. He is skilled in Carnatic music, which is the
classical music tradition of south India as well as Western classical.
L. Subramaniam is famous for his music and compositions in orchestral
fusion. He is known to have done more than 150 recordings and has worked
with a number of other big names like Yehudi Menuhin, Stéphane
Grappelli, Ruggiero Ricci and so many others.
Subramaniam, who hails from a Tamil family, gave his first public
performance at the age of six. Music was in his blood from very
childhood as both his parents, father V. Lakshminarayana, and mother V.
Seethalakshmi, were renowned musicians. Though he acquired a doctorate
in medicine, he chose to remain a violinist. He married Viji Subramanian
and again after her death, the popular Indian playback singer Kavita
Krishnamoorthy in 1999. The biography of L. Subramaniam's music career
is quite impressive.
He has performed live with some of the greatest names in the Indian
Carnatic music genre like Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar, M.D.
Ramanathan and so on. L. Subramaniam has also played the Violin in many
stage shows with the renowned Palghat Mani Iyer on the Mridangam. Not
only this, Subramaniam has also composed music for orchestras and done
Hollywood film scores. L Subramaniam has made various film scores for
movies like Salaam Bombay and Mississippi Masala that was directed by
He has also participated as solo violinist in Bernardo Bertolucci's
Little Buddha and Cotton Mary of Merchant-Ivory productions. His
orchestra compositions include 'Fantasy on Vedic Chant' with the New
York Philharmonic. Some others are Zubin Mehta's 'Turbulence' with The
Swiss Romande Orchestra, 'The Concert of Two Violins' with The Oslo
Philharmonic and 'Global Symphony with The Berlin Opera and so on.
The life history of L Subramaniam's glorious music career is
highlighted from time to time with the receiving of national awards and
accolades. He was even nominated for the coveted Grammy in the year
1981. Later, he was awarded the Padma Shri by the Indian government in
the year 1988 and again the Padma Bhushan in 2001. There are also some
books he written on Carnatic music. He is fondly also called as Mani by
his follow musicians, family and friends.