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Powerful lyrics can elevate good music to greatness that moves and inspires. Indian poets through the ages have used a variety of literary devices to create great music. These range from allusion and alliteration to metaphors and similes.
Udaan is a musical exploration of the use of birds as literary devices in Indian poetry. From the common crow to the partridge lyricists across India have used birds to inspire, teach and woo. Udaan will explore these themes in bhajan, classical and folk compositions in Bengali, Kannada, Hindi, Marathi, Sanskrit, Tamil and Telugu.
The program will run for 90 minutes with a simultaneous slideshow where Chitra Srikrishna will be the narrator & singer accompanied by a violinist and a percussionist on stage.
Chitra Srikrishna is a Carnatic vocalist, writer and adjunct professor of music at Ahmedabad University. As a Carnatic vocalist for over three decades, she has performed live, on the radio, and on television across the world. She has trained under several stalwarts in Carnatic music such as Smt Seethalakshmi Venkatesan, Shri V Subrahmanian, Shri OS Thyagarajan and Smt Lalgudi Rajalakshmi. As a musician and educator, her focus is on making Indian music accessible to a wider audience through workshops and thematic productions.
Her recent productions include Vivartana, Antah Prerna, Bhakti and HumRaag. Chitra produces the Raga Ruminations podcast and RaagTime, a radio show on Indian music. Her writing on culture, musical and social topics has appeared in leading newspapers such as Deccan Herald, The Hindu, Mint, San Jose Mercury News, Sruti, and India Currents. At Ahmedabad University she teaches courses such as Musical Traditions of India, How Music Shapes Cities: Varanasi to NYC, Bhakti and Music:Oral Tradition Radical Change to students across various disciplines. More information is available on her website.
Vaibhav Ramani is a student of Shri Kumaresh of Ganesh-Kumaresh fame. A B-high graded artist of All India Radio Vaibhav has been performing widely as a solo violinist and accompanist in major cities of India. He has accompanied many prominent Carnatic musicians such as Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh, Abhishek Raghuram and Dr. Ranganatha Sharma. He has also performed overseas in Uganda and Canada.
He has won several awards including the national level Sangeet Samrat competition in 2016, Spirit of Youth Madras Music Academy best violin accompanist award in 2018 and the Bharat Ratna MS Subbulakshmi Fellowship award by Shanmukhananda Sabha, Mumbai for 2021-23. His first album Hamsanadam – A Tribute to my Guru has been well received.
Phanindra Bhaskara is a disciple of Shri H S Sudhindra. He is an A Grade artist of All India Radio and a CCRT scholarship recipient. He has won the Ananya Yuva Prathibha award twice and the CMANA award from the Percussive Arts Center in 2016. He has been accompanying musicians for the past few years.