The show will go on, however. Subramaniam and his party will perform a program of Karnatic (South Indian classical) music as scheduled at 8 pm on Friday in the Damrosch Park Bandshell.
Though many Western music lovers don't realize it, the violin has been an integral part of South Indian music ever since it was introduced to the country by the British in the late 18th century; indeed, it is now just about ubiquitous as the melodic instrument to accompany vocal or instrumental soloists. (The violin also appears in the Hindustani, or North Indian classical, music tradition, though not as frequently.)
Dr. Subramaniam is India's most acclaimed violinist and one of the most respected performers on any instrument in the Karnatic tradition. A prot_g_ of the late Yehudi Menuhin, he is also accomplished in Western music and has appeared and recorded with many a symphony orchestra and jazz ensemble in addition to his work in the purely traditional vein. A noted composer, Subramaniam wrote the scores for the films Mississippi Masala and Salaam Bombay.