Violinist Apoorva Krishna Is First Indian To Get Tarisio Scholarship

Apoorva Krishna

Apoorva Krishna has become the first Indian to bag the Tarisio International Scholarship for 2017-18. The 21-year-old’s ‘Bahudari’, created with percussionists Vinod Shyam and Sunaad Anoor, ranked third in the Top-5 scholarship contest.

Proclivity towards violin

Apoorva was six years old when she started learning violin. It was then that violinist Anuradha Sridhar and the senior Lalgudi Srimathi Brahmanandam trained her.

The Business Administration graduate told The Hindu that the sight of a violin used to fascinate her.

Playing with Shankar Mahadevan

Musician Shankar Mahadevan asked Apoorva to play with him for the Bengaluru Ganeshothsava. “I was overwhelmed to share the stage with Shankarji and play the violin as he sang ‘Sapnon Se Bhare Naina’.”

Apoorva had also bagged the Berklee College of Music scholarship. There, she got acquainted with Bulgarian music, rock and funk-fusion.

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Outreach programmes

“We got $5000. We communicated to the organisers that if we won the contest, we would be utilising the money to conduct outreach programmes on Carnatic music,” Apoorva says

“Such exercises help create awareness for Carnatic music. We would be addressing autistic children at Amaze Foundation in Coimbatore next,” she added.

They have completed their first music awareness programme with nearly 1,000 children. It was held at Badrikashrama at Madehalli village in Tumkur district.

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Apoorva composing a tillana

Lalgudi R Jayaraman nurtured Apoorva’s interest in composing. The mentor helped Apoorva compose a tillana in Ranjani raga two years ago. IndianRaga posted the video on virtual platforms and attracted 30,000 hits in a week from connoisseurs across the world.

“Tillana includes lyrics and musical syllables to punctuate the rhythm. This musical form has been the signature of the Lalgudi School,” Apoorva explained.

SheThePeople.Tv congratulates the young woman for this milestone achievement.

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Picture Credit: The Hindu