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Tuesday, January 21, 2003

Krishna honours jazz legend Ponty - NewIndPress.com

BANGALORE: On an evening when Carnatic, jazz and Scandinavian folk music fused seamlessly, Karnataka Chief Minister S M Krishna awarded the latest edition of the Lakshminarayana Award to jazz legend Jean-Luc Ponty here on Friday.

The award honours classical violin maestro Lakshminarayana, the father of fusion violin star L. Subramainam and the accompanying concert, the Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival, is all about ``Connecting People.''

Among the musicians who were honoured by the organisers included the Norwegian trio Stian Carstensen, Frode Haltli (both accordion players) and Ingebrigt Haaker Flaten (their double bassist), electric bass guitarist Guy Nsangue Akwa, originally from Camaroon, and over a dozen Carnatic and jazz artistes.

Kavita Krishnamurthy led the music parade of the Subramanium family with an R D Burman number. The show began with purely classical `Vaatapi' number by the youngest Subramanium, also named Lakshminarayana. His siblings Seetaa and Narayana also figured in the star cast.

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