In the blogchatter’s A2Z campaign, I will be presenting blogposts on ‘EXCEPTIONALLY TALENTED INDIAN ARTIST’ in the alphabetical order. Today, M – Malli – Flute. First few lines about the instrument - then about the artist.
Malli is a flautist par excellence and the founder of the popular style of flute playing which is followed in Carnatic circle these days . His style of continuous flute playing provided gamakas, and an ability to better imitate the human voice. His first concert was in 1933 at the Thyagaraja festival in Mylapore, at the age of seven. Malli is a child -prodigy and his performances brought him critical acclaim.
Musicologists, veteran artists and other famous personalities from music fraternity all had delivered praising words on "Malli's" performance in the concerts. Malli had breath control that enabled him to blow any single note over 40 seconds. He introduced new fingering techniques, and a grip on the flute that came to be known as the "parrot clutch or the cross-fingering style ", allowing greater control.
Malli's style of playing remains to this day unparalleled and his techniques came into greater prominence under N. Ramani and it is being carried forward by many of his students. Malli revolutionised the style of flute playing in the carnatic music and it is till to date.