“For me, tradition is about addition,” says Jayanthi Kumaresh, one of the country’s finest Veena artistes, who began playing the instrument at the age of three. Jayanthi, Kanakavalli July Vignette, believes in the versatility of her art form and its relevance in a modern context, having performed with guitarists as well as Hindustani classical singers, at traditional Carnatic concerts and at international jazz festivals.
In an intimate conversation with the Kanakavalli Journal, Jayanthi opens up about what it was like growing up in a family of musicians, telling us how she bridges the gap between the classic and the contemporary in her work. And, of course, she curates a range of beautiful kanjivarams from the Kanakavalli repertoire that reflect her vibrant, multifaceted personality. Browse her curation here, and read the entire conversation here.