Express press service
BENGALURU: Whatever the profession, there is always a passion that drives them forward. For Dr. Rohit Udaya Prasad, ENT consultant and cochlear implant surgeon from Bengaluru, it’s the violin.
Playing the musical instrument for 25 years and performing on stage with his twin brother, Dr Rahul Udaya Prasad, a neonatologist at Sydney Children’s Hospital, the experience was nothing short of a therapy. But it wasn’t the first instrument he was exposed to. “When we were younger, we played mridangam. But at the age of nine, we started to learn the violin. And after intense training, we started doing stage shows,” says Prasad, who has always performed in a duo with his twin brother.
The duo has performed at various places in Bengaluru like Alliance Française de Bangalore, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan to name a few. “We kept playing until our MBBS days. Since a musical program requires a lot of planning and preparation, I haven’t been able to do it in recent years. Since my brother is in Sydney and I’m preoccupied with work, I hardly have time for performances,” says the 36-year-old, born in Mysuru.
Prasad plays various Carnatic classical tunes on a seven-string fiddle. Coming from the gharana of N Venkatesh, he had the chance to meet popular violinists like Mysore Manjunath and Mysore Nagaraja. Not only as a mode of relaxation, the practice of the violin has always helped him in his profession as well.
“Composing a piece of music requires a lot of planning to ensure proper execution. This is essential in any profession. Other than that, playing a seven-stringed instrument requires a lot of hand-body coordination, which again comes in handy during surgeries,” says Prasad, who also listens to music during his surgeries to keep him going. calm.
Although he hasn’t been performing much on stage lately, Prasad makes it a point to have regular riyaz sessions. Once his brother returns from Australia, he hopes the show will continue.