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A class act

A class act
IF If you have ever been enthralled by the idea of European romances and classics, then classical orchestra — by the Ranganathan Trio — might just be what you are looking for.

The three brothers, who are tied together by music and blood, recently played at the India International Centre.

The trio comprises 22-year-old Ajay and 19 year-old twins Ravi and Theo. Ajay plays a French violin made in 1918 while Ravi plays a 19th century German cello and Theo plays the piano.

The Trio has already performed separately earlier on two occasions in India, but this is the first time they came together to perform as a trio.

The Ranganathan brothers were introduced to music quite early in life. Theo started playing the piano ever since he was six, while Ravi has been training in cello studies since he was 10.

‘We practise together. As an artist it is very important for us to co-ordinate and integrate our works,’ says Ajay. ‘Creating and recreating each piece requires good coordination and it is important to understand each other particularly’, he adds.

Some of the compositions they played during the two hour concert included compositions by Antonín Dvorak, Dmitri Chostakovitch, French melodies and music by Maurice Ravel. ‘Music to me means Slav music which has a range of emotions. For example Dvorak’s music is melancholic and draws a lot of pain and agony of the life during the second world war’ adds Ajay.

Dvorak’s Dumky, for instance, is a composition which brings in a range of emotions although it is mostly melancholic but also expresses alternative mood changes, sudden outbursts, thoughtfulness, a state of being happy, sad, frenzied, meditative, uneasiness. French melodies talk about love, anger and melancholy.

‘We practise together and just look at each other and decide to play whoever takes the lead. Sometimes, Theo starts with the piano with a composition we then follow it or vice versa,’ says Ajay.

Their love for music is at the core classical but sometimes they listen to jazz.

‘Jazz and clasical. Jazz is not far away from classical’, quips Ajay. Their advice for other youngsters keen on music? ‘Play for the public as that will boost your confidence and it is always different to play for the public rather than playing for oneself,’ say the musicians.

The orchestra also roped in an opera by a friend Elodie Merlaud. She performed her piece along with Theo on the piano.
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