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Town of Clifton Park picks Vidya Subramanian for 2009 artiste award

Vidya with town Supervisor, Mr.Phil Barrett
Clifton Park, NY, November 4: – Vidya Subramanian, a Clifton Park resident, performer and teacher of Indian Classical music, has been selected by the Clifton Park Town Board for a $1,000 arts grant for 2009.

This follows the recommendation in this regard by the town’s Community Arts and Culture Commission.

Consequently, a presentation of Indian Classical music here on October 31 at the Shenendehowa Adult Community Center was funded by the grant. This free programme provided an opportunity for Clifton Park and other Capital district residents to listen to and learn about India's musical heritage.

The two-hour programme began with a presentation by Vidya on the salient aspects of Carnatic music, the name given to the classical music of South India. Vidya introduced the audience to key aspects such as raga (melody) and tala (rhythm). She also dwelt about the history and development of this art form over the centuries, the important role of vocal music, major composers, types of compositions and forms of improvisation.

Vidya singing with kids
The second segment of the programme comprised a recital on vocals by Vidya and her students. Performers included adults and children, trained in Vidya’s music school. The programme concluded with a solo improvisational piece by Vidya. Vidya also explained and demonstrated how Carnatic musicians seamlessly integrated compositions with improvisation to make a Carnatic music concert an exciting experience for listeners.

Vidya Subramanian is a nationally recognized musician in this genre. She has performed and lectured across the country in prestigious venues such as RPI, University of Utah, Cornell University and UC-Santa Barbara. Her internationally-acclaimed podcast series on Carnatic music can be found at

"Ms. Subramanian's proposal for support of a workshop on the basics of Carnatic music, followed by a recital featuring youth and adults from the Indian community in Clifton Park and surrounding areas, is enthusiastically endorsed by the Commission. It speaks to the diversity of the arts that can be found in Clifton Park and we are proud to make this recommendation to the Town Board,'' a release quoted Commission Chair Laura W. Andruski as saying.

For further information, contact: Vidya at 373-9037 or e-mail Samples of her music and articles can be accessed from her website at