After the SAJA Photoforum slide show several people came up to me and asked me who composed and produced the enchanting music I used in the slide show. Thanks to my wife, Sangeetha, who suggested that I incorporate the mellifluous scales and rhythms by her father, Dr. Krishna Raghavendra, the show was a success.
“Dr. Krishna Raghavendra is an international performing artist, composer, and producer of both traditional and contemporary Indian music. He is a virtuoso on the Veena, a traditional plucked stringed instrument from South India. His Veena, made from red cedar wood, is unique and was customized to be detachable by the late Narasinga Rao of Bangalore, India. It was further modified by Mr. Steve Morrill of Boston, who developed the finger board, modified the bridge and worked on sound amplification. Raghavendra has developed novel playing techniques, which involve a combination of soft nuances, swift fingering and imaginative uses of melodic and drone strings to produce harmonizing and vamping sounds that mimic different instruments. He is the founder of the Ragha School of Music, an institution primarily devoted to promoting and integrating Indian music with western and other forms of music. He also offers workshops at educational institutions, releases original recordings and leads the “Raga and Rhythm Ensemble”(RARE).”
More information about Dr. Raghavendra’s music can be gleaned from his web site.