Artiste talks about how dance allowed him to learn the violin

  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 18 Jul 2019

KLANG: When Hariraam Tingyuan Lam was nine, his parents wanted him to learn Indian classical dance, but he was not keen.

So in order to entice him into learning the Bharatanatyam, they told him he could take up something else closer to his heart as well if he agreed.

"So I chose the violin and trained under my first guru, Kanagamani Vijayendra, while also learning Bharatanatyam,'' said the 28-year-old.

The turning point in Hariraam's life came when he scored 10 As in the SPM examination in 2008.

Many advised him to pursue further studies in engineering or medicine – but his parents, Indian classical dancer Geetha Shankaran-Lam and theatre personality and writer Lam Ghooi Ket, advised him to pursue music instead.

He then went to India for a year in 2010 to train under one of the world's most renowned classical Carnatic violinists, the late-Lalgudi Gopala Iyer Jayaraman, who was also Kanagamani's guru.

"I came back in 2011 and enrolled at Aswara (National Acdemy of Arts, Culture and Heritage), where I spent six years pursuing a diploma and, subsequently, a degree in western music," said Hariraam, who is now a full-time musician.

He is also an accomplished Indian classical dancer and performs with his two younger siblings and mother.

Hariraam's next big feat is playing alongside Malaysian-made sitar maestro Samuel J. Dass.

"I am really looking forward to this as it's something I will enjoy very much and it's also an honour to share the stage with Samuel," said Hariraam.

Aptly named Duologue, the performance will highlight a jugalbandi (duet) between the sitar's Hindustani music and the violin's Carnatic music.

When contacted Samuel said he was looking forward to performing with Hariraam.

"He is quickly establishing himself as an accomplished Carnatic violinist and our performance will be explosive," said Samuel.

They will be accompanied by Prakash Kandasamy (tabla) and Darmen Krishnan (mridangam).

The musical duet between Samuel and Hariraam will take place on Sunday, July 21 at 7.30pm at the Brickfields Temple of Fine Arts' Shantanand Auditorium.

Attendance is by invitation only. Please call or WhatsApp 012-222 0850 for an invitation.

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