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"The God of Indian Violin" - Dr L Subramaniam; Arts Diary; Film Review - "The Kingdom"; The 14QK Exhibition; Performing in the Studio - pianist Andreas Kern. (27 Nov 2007)


Dr L Subramaniam's not only been called "the God of Indian Violin", he's also known as "the Paganini of Indian classical music". Certainly one of the world's most accomplished violinists, he performed in Hong Kong over the weekend. For him the violin has no limits. He plays Indian ragas and movie music, jazz and global fusion. He has worked with musicians such as Ravi Shankar, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Larry Coryell, and Stephane Grappelli. His musical roots lie in the complex rhythmic and melodic system of Carnatic music, which dates back more than 2500 years. In our Arts Diary, we focus on “ KyoSha Mir ” , an exhibition of paintings and three-dimensional art works by Korean artist Lee Kyo Im. It's at the Edge Gallery until 31st December. Lee grew up and was educated in Russia, Her works feature the Russian Matryoshka doll, and reflect her mixed cultural identity. Also, until 11th December the Schoeni Gallery is featuring “ RE-collection: A Retrospective Look at 15 years of Art and Vision. ” It's the recent history of Chinese art as seen through the artists the gallery represents. "The Kingdom", which is showing at local cinemas this week, mixes elements from TV dramas about forensic examiners, such as the "CSI" series, with elements of "Heat" and "Black Hawk Down". It's about an FBI investigation in Saudi Arabia in the wake of a devastating terrorist attack on American expatriates there. But how successfully does it merge elements that might be from the headline news with its gung ho action? Earlier this month, the police conducted a high-profile raid on outlets of the local home accessories chain G.O.D., arresting 18 people, and seizing 88 t-shirts and several hundred postcards printed with the Chinese characters "14K". The police say they were acting on concerns that, as "14K" is the name of a triad society, these products may have violated the Societies Ordinance prohibiting the possession of triad society insignia. At a recent exhibition called "Art Responds to 14QKs" a group of local artists decided to explore the issue further. Their aim was to explore social taboos, and question where the line of censorship should be drawn. Finally in our studio tonight, pianist Andreas Kern plays a contemporary German piece that involves not only hands on keys, but also chin and left foot, as well as plucking the internal strings of the instrument. It's called "One Man Band"

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007
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