World Sacred Spirit Festival


Ambi Subramaniam
and the Amira Kamanchiya ensemble


“There is only one reason we have followed God into this world: to encourage laughter, freedom, dance, and love.”

- Hafez

The Carnatic music from the South of India comes from the name of the former Deccan region that was larger than the current State of Karnataka. It is often said that Carnatic music emphasises structure and improvisation while Hindustani music amplifies the expression of sentiments. The musical tradition of South India is very old, and in the beginning it developed through religion and theatre from the IV century BC onward.

In this project, the ethereal sounds of the violin in Carnatic music will meet the deep, harsh sounds of the Manganiyar kamaichas and viols from the village of Amira, situated a few kilometres away from Jaisalmer. That is where, amongst others, Ghewar Khan and Feiruz Khan, successors of the famous artist Sakar Khan who passed away a few years ago, reside.

As for Ambi Subramaniam, the son of the legendary L. Subramanian, a maestro in Carnatic violin, he is following in the footsteps of his father. With a style, virtuosity, and a timbre inherited from the paternal musical aesthetics, Ambi Subramaniam is creating his own sound universe, a universe clothed in tradition and imagination.


Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur - Rajasthan