ENT specialist is passionate about the violin

Rohit (left) and Rahul Udaya Prasad

Whatever his profession, there is always a passion that drives him. For Dr Rohit Udaya Prasad, ENT surgeon and consultant cochlear implant from Bengaluru, it is the violin.

Playing the musical instrument for 25 years and performing live with his twin brother Dr Rahul Udaya Prasad, neonatologist at Sydney Children’s Hospital, the experience was nothing short of a therapy. But this was not the first instrument he was exposed to. “When we were younger, we played mridangam. But at the age of nine, we started to learn the violin. And after intense training, we started to do live shows, ”explains Prasad, who has always performed in a duet with his twin brother.

The duo have performed in various locations in Bangalore like Alliance Française de Bangalore, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan to name a few. “We have continued to play MBBS until today. Since a music program requires a lot of planning and preparation, I haven’t been able to do it in recent years. Since my brother is in Sydney and I’m preoccupied with work, I barely have time for performances, ”says the 36-year-old, born in Mysuru.

Prasad plays various Carnatic classical tunes on a seven-string violin. Coming from N Venkatesh’s gharana, he had the chance to meet popular violinists like Mysore Manjunath and Mysore Nagaraja. Not only as a mode of relaxation, the practice of the violin has always helped him in his profession as well.

“Composing a musical piece takes a lot of planning to ensure it is performed well. It is essential in any profession. Other than that, playing a seven-string instrument requires a lot of hand-body coordination, which is again useful during surgeries, ”says Prasad, who also listens to music during his surgeries to keep it up. calmed down.

Although he hasn’t done much live performance lately, Prasad makes a point of having regular riyaz sessions. After his brother returns from Australia, he hopes the show continues.