About Us

About Us

“Music is very essential for emotional, intellectual & spiritual development of mankind - L Subramaniam”

In 2005, global violin icon Dr. L Subramaniam and Bollywood playback legend Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam started The Subramaniam Foundation in memory of his father and guru, Professor V Lakshminarayana.

The foundation is a registered charitable trust. The donations made to the foundation are exempt under 80G and corporate donations also qualify under the CSR funding. We believe in the power of music to affect change, and believe that everyone deserves access to it. To make this happen, the Subramaniam Foundation engages in these primary activities:


We are committed to creating an ecosystem where music is available to every child. Through our in-depth training and our live concert experiences we are on a path to transforming the landscape of music and music education as we know it.

About Prof. V. Lakshminarayana

Professor V.Lakshminarayana was a great composer, musicologist, and most importantly, a teacher. V. Lakshminarayana was a visionary in the field of Indian music. He was responsible for many of the innovations which are now in common practice. At the time when the Indian violin was an accompanying instrument, not only did he aspire to elevate to the position of a solo instrument.

Professor V. Lakshminarayana introduced various fingering and bowing techniques, such as using four fingers of the left-hand allowing one to play and pluck the strings simultaneously. The vigorous right-hand techniques, which he introduced and taught, intrigued some of the greatest violinists like Lord Yehudi Menuhin and Stephane Grappelli when they heard Dr. L Subramaniam, his son. He was the first person to play varnams in five speeds, thus earning him the nickname of ‘Panchanadai’ Lakshminarayana.

In light of his outstanding contribution, the Government of India released a commemorative stamp in his honour, and bearing his face, in 2004. The State Governments of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh also released first day covers in his honour. There is also a street in Alleppey, Kerala named after this great musical genius.

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