Joytsna Srikanth is a London-based violinist with an amazing CV. Classical singing training begins at age 5. But by age 9 she has discovered the violin and gives her first solo concert. More classical music (Carnatic and Western) training. Gets her professional start playing for Illayraja in Tamil movies. Moves to London where she plays her violin for TV series on the National Geographic and Discovery channels. In between performing with the likes of M. Balamuralikrishna (singer), Kadri Gopalnath (sax), Eduardo Niebla (flamenco guitarist) and Rao Kyao (sax) she organizes the annual London International Arts Festival.
Oh yes, I almost forgot. She is a practicing pathologist too!
Somehow in 2016 she found time to make an album with the English group, Bollywood Brass Band, a music collective the specializes in performing Indian folk, qawwali and Hindi film songs. The album is called Carnatic Connection and is comprised of what sound to me like South Indian film songs. Certainly there are a couple of A.R. Rahman compositions and I’m sure more than one by Illayraja. All of the 14 tracks are-as you’d expect-lively and upbeat. Some are rather jazzy with Ms Srikanth sounding like Jean Luc Ponty in fusion glory. Others are pure disco. All in all good grooves, beats and lots of fantastic playing.
01 Rakkamma Kaiya Thattu
02 Kehta Hai Mehra Dil (Kannodu Kaanbadellam)
03 Deva Deva Kalayami
04 Drum Dance – Chandralekha
05 Sword Fight – Chandralekha
06 Jai Ho
07 Kehna Hi Kya (Kannalane)
08 Jiya Jale
09 Why This Kolaveri Di
10 Aa Ante Amalapuram
11 Rakkamma (Clap Clap Mix by Charlie Girl)
12 Deva Deva (Molly’s Bar Mix by Rob Kelly)
13 Drum Dance (Diamond Cut Mix)
14 Deva Deva Kalayami (Molly’s Bar Extended Alaap Mix – Rob Kelly)