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I have attended one concert performed by Gautam. I felt the need to clarify that while Gautam has taken carnatic music to an English audience and written lyrics that are his own, the music was not composed by him. So based on this one concert, I disagree with the word 'original' in the statement "only performer of Carnatic music who sings original compositions in English" His songs are not simply 'modeled on different types of carnatic song forms', but in their basic structure/ music are exact renditions of other compositions by documented composers who lived some 200-300 years ago. So essentially the music by original composers is kept, lyrics are swapped to English, similar to the case if one were to sing 'ode to joy' by Beethoven with their own lyrics. The improvisations are his, as they are with other carnatic singers, so it is a little sad that he did not acknowledge the original composers of the music during his concert, nor did the writer here. The article gives the impression that he is a singer-songwriter who writes original English compositions modeled on carnatic music 'structure', but that was not my impression coming out of the concert. The English speaking audience unfamiliar with compositions by the trinity (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity_of_Carnatic_music) and others will never know unless this is disclosed and acknowledged.
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