GSA-Art: Vijay Ramani
Guest post by Vijay Ramani. GSA-art features the creative works of scientists, particularly geneticists. Read more about the series from GSA President Stan Fields. If you would like to submit your own work or nominate someone else’s, please send an email GenesToGenomes@genetics-gsa.org with “GSA-Art” in the subject line.
I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember! My parents started me with South Indian classical (carnatic) singing when I was three or so, and in middle school I began transitioning towards “Western” classical voice, first as a boy soprano and eventually as a classical tenor. Through middle and high school I took part in various honors choirs, an activity I continued as an undergraduate at Princeton, where I was part of a couple of classical choirs, as well as an all-male a cappella group, the Princeton Nassoons. As a Nassoon, I got a chance to sing in all sorts of venues (from concert halls to muddy farms), a few of which can be seen in the following YouTube videos. Though I’m singing a fair bit less now (as a 4th year graduate student in Jay Shendure’s lab at the University of Washington), I still get a chance to perform occasionally with the Seattle Symphony Chorale, a volunteer choir in Seattle that provides the chorus for our city’s symphony orchestra!
Editor’s note: Vijay’s voice may sound familiar to those who follow GSA President Stan Fields’ frameshifts posts. Vijay sang the Gilbert and Sullivan parody “The very model of a classical geneticist.”