13 June, 2021

MBA And The ­Maestro

Management and the arts can go well together. Examples abound even in classical genres of music and dance.

On Top Of Two Worlds
Mallika Sarabhai
MBA And The ­Maestro

Sriram Parasuram was apprenticing with Citibank in the late 1980s soon after his MBA from IIM-Calcutta when he sensed corporate culture wasn’t something that would let him be comfortable in his own skin. Coming from a background in music, he didn’t enjoy the beginner’s routine at the financial services multinational—not because of overwork, but due to its mismatch with the essence of what he had learned so passionately at the top business school.

As a Chennaiite, Sriram’s formative years were defined by Carnatic lessons that went hand in hand with his formal education. Besides south Indian classical vocal, the boy was busy learning the violin and mridangam of the same genre. By the time he got a mechanical engineering degree from a vintage technological institute affiliated to Mumbai University, he had alr­eady ­accompanied stalwarts like M.D. Ramanathan and D.K. Pattammal on the stringed instrument at public concerts. “Post MBA, I became increasingly fascinated with western classical and its six centuries of violin heritage. I...

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