A budding star in the Kathakali music scenario of Kerala, Ram Mohan shines in the unlimited skies of both Carnatic and Kathakali music. Beginning his musical life under his father’s guidance, Ram mohan went on to specialize in Kathakali music. He has also trained as a Kathakali actor. Having a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and one in education he now teaches mathematics at a government school in Palakkad, giving all his spare time to mark his presence on almost all Kathakali stages in Palakkad. He has sung with Kottakkal Madhu for an album on Kathakali music for Invis Multimedia.
His wife Meera, who herself is a musician, and he are proud parents of a little boy.
Jasmin’s family is her support, it is their whole-hearted encouragement that sustains her career in music. As a child Jasmin started learning classical dance forms such as Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattom, and during her school days she excelled in performances and competitions. Gradually her interest in Carnatic music blossomed and as she realized she wanted to focus on music, she took both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Carnatic music. And went on to do her MPhil as a first step towards a doctoral degree.
She has worked as a visiting faculty in Kerala Kalamandalam, the prestige art institute of Kerala. She teaches privately and has numerous students in Kerala and abroad too. She herself continues her study under veteran singers to widen her horizons and deepen her knowledge.
Her life is partnered with Mohammed Sulfi, who is a violin enthusiast and music lover and their daughter, Tamanna.
Carnatic music is a system of music commonly associated with the southern part of the Indian subcontinent, with its area roughly confined to four modern states of India: Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu. It is one of two main sub-genres of Indian classical music that evolved from ancient Hindu traditions; the other sub-genre being Hindustani music, which emerged as a distinct form because of Persian and Islamic influences in North India. In contrast to Hindustani music, the main emphasis in Carnatic music is on vocal music; most compositions are written to be sung, and even when played on instruments, they are meant to be performed in gayaki (singing) style.