The Vocal Music of South India
K. S. Resmi
K. S. Resmi is a leading vocalist and teacher in the South Indian, or Carnatic, tradition of classical music. A disciple of the renown performer and scholar Dr. K. Omanakutty Amma and now a student of Guru Lalitha Sivakumar, Resmi has studied Carnatic music for more than 35 years. She has performed on numerous tours throughout India, as well as in the USA, Germany, and Scotland. With nineteen CD recordings to her credit, she was the first woman to be featured on a recording of the music of the famous, elaborately costumed Kathakali dance of Kerala. She has also studied the Carnatic vina—a long, pear-shaped lute—as well as Hindustani (North Indian classical) vocal music.
K. S. Resmi earned her B.A. and M.A degrees in South Indian vocal music performance at the University of Kerala in India, where she is currently nearing completion of her PhD. She taught Carnatic vocal music as a full-time faculty member in the Department of Indian Music at the University of Madras (2004-2007). Previously, she taught music at the Malabar Gopalan Nair Memorial Music and Research Center in Kerala (1995-2004).
In the United States, she has performed fusion concerts and recordings with Amrit Nataraj, Larry Coryell, N. Scott Robinson, Mark Holland, Dave Ballou, Shane Shanahan, Brandon Terzic, David Kuckhermann, Ensemble Datura, the Dale Ockerman Project, Oxymora, Yousif Sheronick, and Steáfán Hannigan.
K. S. Resmi currently lives in the U.S., splitting her time between San Diego and Baltimore.
For this special performance, Ms. Resmi will be accompanied by Siddharth Ashokkumar, violin, and Raamkumar Balamurthi, mridangam (barrel drum).
Listen to K. S. Resmi’s music on her YouTube channel.
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