Dr. Kadri Gopalnath
() (born 11 December 1949) is an Indian saxophonist
and one of the pioneers of Carnatic music
on the saxophone.
Kadri Gopalnath was born in Mangalore
, Dakshina Kannada
. He acquired a taste for music from his father Thaniappa, a nadaswaram vidwan
. Young Gopalnath once saw the saxophone being played in the Mysore palace
band set. Thrilled on hearing the vibrant tone of the saxophone, Gopalnath decided to master it. It took him nearly 20 years for him to conquer the complex western wind instrument and he was eventually crowned as the "Saxophone Chakravarthy".
Gopalnath had to make certain modifications to the conventional alto saxophone
to play Carnatic music
. So successful has this adaptation been that the great musician Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer
, the doyen of Carnatic music
, has acknowledged Kadri Gopalnath as a true Carnatic music genius.
Gopalnath learnt the instrument under Gopalkrishna Iyer of Kalaniketana, Mangalore
. In Madras
, Gopalnath came in contact with the mridangist T.V. Gopalkrishnan who identified the youngster's potential and tutored him.
His maiden performance was for the Chembai
Memorial Trust. 1980 Bombay jazz
festival was a turning point for Gopalnath. John Handy, a jazz musician from California
was present at the festival. Hearing Gopalnath play, Handy asked if he could go on stage and perform alongside with him. So well did the two mesh, Handy in the jazz style and Gopalnath in the... Read More