The voice of the violin

When you hear the sublime and energetic notes flowing from Sumanth Manjunath’s violin, it’s as if his fingers had their roots in his soul from which the moving and touching music emerges.

Sumanth Manjunath, son of famous violin maestro Dr. Mysore Manjunath is the child violin prodigy who started giving violin concerts at the age of nine and was recognized as a child prodigy. Trained by his grandfather, the veteran violinist Vidwan Sri Mahadevappa, his uncle the famous violin master Mysore Nagaraj and his father the legendary violinist Dr Manjunath, this third generation violinist surprises everyone with his technical abilities, innate creativity and his bhava presentation style. He strives to push the limits of his instrument and has wowed audiences with his performances, winning several awards and accolades in the process.

Although Sumanth has this musical talent as a linear gift from his ancestors, he has made his individual mark by acquiring a particular rhythm and language that every musician aspires to achieve. The young violinist has already performed across Europe, Switzerland, Dubai, the Netherlands, Singapore, etc., and was sent to Iran by the Indian government with his father for a special violin concert in the part of the Indian Republic Day celebrations in Iran.

DHoS caught up with Sumanth when he performed in Bengaluru recently. Asked about his creative journey which took him from a child prodigy to a much sought after performer, Sumanth said, “I was very blessed and lucky as I grew up listening to maestros like Mysore Manjunath and Mysore Nagaraj at home. ; As they performed on stage, I could see how deeply they immersed themselves in the wonderful realm of classical music, taking the audience in effortlessly. That’s what inspired me the most. »

Conscious practice

Dedicating a large part of your life to music is only possible if you can reset the priorities, prioritizing time for the three P’s – practice, practice, practice – incredibly and intensely. “Conscious practice is crucial – keeping the mind focused on important aspects such as technique, tone, rhythm, intonation, beauty and purity of classicism,” he says.

Speaking of his heritage and the privilege of being born into such a renowned family, the young violinist says his legacy fills him with a strong sense of responsibility. “I have an obligation to preserve it, nurture it and move it forward while maintaining my individual style and identity without losing the connection I have to my traditional roots. My heritage has certainly given me a foundation as well as wings. I understand the ideals that I must strive for and the dedication necessary for that. Every musician must have a strong belief and this has been instilled in me, not to mention the emphasis on dedication, discipline and courage,” he explains.

Sumanth says that although his uncle and father were trained by the same guru, his grandfather Mahadevappa, their styles are very different and each plays in their own way. “It took me an intense amount of sadhana even try and later adopt their playing styles; Combining these two beautiful styles of play and bringing out a unique style is my dream and my goal and I won’t stop until I achieve it,” he adds.

“I collaborated with Hindustani musicians; it gives me a diverse perspective on the structure of raga… I have also had many opportunities to collaborate and play with many internationally renowned Arab, Western classical and jazz musicians, which helps me better understand the similarities between Indian and Western styles.

With his commanding stage presence and technical virtuosity, fueled by his endless pursuit of perfection and an astounding ability to deliver, it’s obvious that music is Sumanth’s specialty. ikigai, therefore, to say. No wonder Sumanth is considered by his fellow musicians and connoisseurs to be one of the most promising and flourishing young violinists on today’s music scene.