Venkat Raman –
A Consultant Physiatrist and Medical Director, a linguist adept in Tamil, English, Hindu, Marathi, Bengali and other languages, a community worker with a record of rehabilitation work and a recipient of State and National Awards would be presenting a Carnatic Vocal Music Concert in Auckland on Saturday, September 3, 2016.
Organised by the New Zealand Carnatic Music Society, the Concert will be held from 530 pm at the Blockhouse Bay Community Hall (located at 546 Blockhouse Bay Road), Blockhouse Bay.
It may sound that four singers would be on stage at the Concert.
But that would not be so.
The evening would belong to Dr Sunder Subramaniam, who is known as a manifestation of several talents and an expert in each.
He will be supported by our own Masters Dr Ashok Malur (Violin) and Dr Suresh Ramachandra (Mridangam).
Introduced to music by his mother Parvathy when he was very young, Dr Sunder attended music classes under the tutelage of Vaidyanatha Iyer in Chembur, Mumbai and later under the training of Palghat T S Anantharaman. His other mentors were Vidushi T Brinda and Vidwan Trichy Swaminatha Iyer.
He is also a disciple of D K Jayaraman and T K Govinda Rao.
His penchant for Carnatic Music began to grow even as he gained experience and proficiency in Bengali and Marathi classics.
Dr Sunder’s first public performance was in Bengali music at a concert held at Birla Mandir, Mumbai in 1975, followed by a National Integration Music Programme conducted by his teacher Moloy Ghose at Shanmukhananda Hall, Mumbai.
His first solo music concert was at a Temple close to home in Ayanavaram during the Navaratri festival in 1982.
Since then, he has performed at more than 400 concerts in India and other countries.
Accepting an invitation from the then Chairman of Shriram Group of Companies R Thyagarajan, Dr Sunder took charge as Honorary Convenor of the Music Forum Chennai to create audiences for classical music and give lecture demonstrations on music appreciation.
The growing public interest encouraged him to organise these on several successive occasions in Tamil Nadu.
His medical qualifications are impressive (MD Degree in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation from Dr MGR Medical University, MOBS from Stanley Medical College, Chennai, Postgraduate Diploma in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation from Madras Medical College, Ergonomic Principles for Workplace Assessment and Design Programme at Lansing, University of Michigan USA, Certificate in Occupational Health with training in Industrial Health and Ergonomics).
Dr Sunder is currently Consultant Physiatrist and Medical Director at Prem Center located at Thirvanmiyur in Chennai.
Dr. Sunder is one of the few practitioners of the rare specialty of Physical medicine and rehabilitation in India today. Physical medicine deals with the management of musculoskeletal and neurological disorders with physical methods of treatment. Biomechanics, and prescription of posture and exercise form important components of management in the field of physical medicine. Rehabilitation deals with the medical management of the handicapped.
Dr Sunder Subramaniam