The great saxaphonist of india-
given his great works to A.R Rahman for many movies..
"Duet" is the full fledged movie based on saxaphone.. which was composed by A
Kadri Gopalnath was born into a musical family. His father played the nadhaswaram, the Indian equivalent of the clarinet. By the age of ten, Kadri was quite proficient at playing this instrument. For a further five years he studied vocal music in Mangalore (India). After hearing the Palace band play at Mysore, Gopalnath had his heart set on learning the saxophone. His father purchased a saxophone and got the young boy tutored by the Palace band's saxophonist, Mr Lakshmi Narasimhaiah. Although, his training in the nadhaswaram was useful, there were vast differences in the two instruments; Gopalnath had to work hard for many years to firstly master the instrument and then, adapt it to play classical music.
In 1975 Gopalnath came to Madras where he was tutored by the renowned musician, T. V. Gopalakrishnan. In 1977, he gave his first concert in Madras. His fame soon spread all over Southern India and he was soon a favourite at festivals and concerts. He grew in stature as a cult figure of immense popularity all over India when he had the opportunity to provide the background scores for a very successful film called 'Duet', which has a saxophonist as its hero.
Since then Kadri Gopalnath has been a true phenomenon in the world of Indian classical music. He has had the opportunity to participate in major festivals including the Berlin Jazz Festival, the Jazz Festival in Prague, the Music Halle Festival in France and the International Cervatino Festival in Mexico. He has played with many leading jazz musicians including the saxophonist, John Handy. He was the first South Indian classical musician to be invited to perform in the BBC Promenade concert in 1994. He has also toured the USA, Europe, Australia and South East Asia extensively. He has been awarded many important titles including 'Saxophone Chakravarthy' - The Emperor of Saxophone.
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