If South Indians can listen to Hindustani music, why can’t North Indians appreciate Carnatic?

The flautist/flutist Shashank Subramanyam has an interview in the Friday Review section of The Hindu today.

The 2009 Grammy nominee, who has been learning from Pandit Jasraj, is asked about his love for North Indian classical music.

How do you find North Indian music different?

My music has so much of the North Indian system. Actually, the treatment of ragas is similar in both systems; the format of presentation is different. I am able to play with tabla players quite easily as my music has so much of the North.

A typical Carnatic music concert has so much more sharing by different artists on stage. Time theory of ragas (playing a raga only at a certain time) did exist in Carnatic music but now it is not followed. We can play any raga at any time.

Note wise, some ragas in the South Indian system are totally different while some are very similar like Nat Bhairav and Raga Sarasangi (Raga Nat Bhairav was given its present shape by Pandit Ravi Shankar).

Also, I feel in North Indian music, the instrumentalists have their own specialised techniques; in Carnatic music, the instruments follow the voice much more closely.

I lament that Carnatic music is heard so sparingly in the major North Indian festivals – the audience is just not attuned to our style of presentation. The reverse is not really true and much more North Indian music is heard all over South India.