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Tyagaraja, one among the musical Trinity has expressed a host of emotions in his various compositions. These are indicative of some events and milestones in his life, his inner feelings, and more. This conceptualization, by Vinay Varanasi and Srivathsan S explores a spectrum of emotions that arose in his journey through narrative and music. From spiteful remarks to one’s deity, to pining like a lover, the journey will focus on milestones covering themes agony, angst, frustration to bliss and contentment.
Each emotion will be presented through narrative and music. The journey will cover similar sentiments expressed by multiple composers and languages separated by time and distance but bound together by commonality of thought. The focus of the program is for listeners to be able to appreciate the diversity of each emotion, and it’s relation to the larger theme of spirituality and the self.
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Srivathsan is a young Carnatic musician who is known for his creative presentations that are highly aesthetic while also strongly rooted in classicism. He was one of the early recipients of the Cultural Talent Search (CCRT) Scholarship for Music from The Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. Srivathsan is a graded artiste of the All India Radio, Chennai and is a regular performer in the sabhas in and around Chennai and elsewhere. He was recently awarded the ‘Sangeetha Mudra’ award by Mudhra Sabha, Chennai and performed in the December season prime slot, along with stalwart accompanists. Aside from his musical pursuits, Srivathsan is an engineering graduate from the National Institute of Technology Trichy and is also a setter of cryptic crosswords for the national daily The Hindu. He has conducted several workshops on the art of cryptic crosswords and has presented documentaries on the similarities between wordplay as seen in Carnatic Music and Cryptic Crosswords.
Vinay Varanasi is a speaker and curator, and draws inspirations from various Indic traditions and texts. He has spoken on various subjects ranging from the Ramayana, Mahabharata, to different forms of Devi, etc. Along with musicians, he has conceptualized thematic productions, focussing on the intersection of music and spirituality. He has worked with musicians such as Ramakrishnan Murthy, Vivek Sadasivam, Sumesh Narayananan etc. These productions have been staged across various cities. Vinay is a lyricist by passion and writes pallavi lyrics, tuned and sung by musicians such as Vidushis Ranjani & Gayatri. He has co-translated the kritis of Yogi Nareyana of Kaiwara. Vinay’s fascination for watercolours makes him explore Puranic and musical ideas through paintings. He is an architect by training.
Visvesh Chandrasekar is a disciple of Padmasri A.Kanyakumari and Smt Anusha Sreeram. He has been learning violin for the past 16 years and has been performing in and around Chennai and various cities across India for the past 4 years.
Anoor Vinod Shyam
Anoor Vinod Shyam is a 5th generation who has been performing for over 15 years on a variety of Indian percussions such as Tabla, Dholak, Pakhawaj, Dholki, Khanjira and others. He started learning Mridangam at the tender age of 10 under Rudrapatnam Satyakumar and is currently training under his father, Vidwan Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma. He is an ‘A’ graded Artist of All india Radio and Doordarshan. He is the recipient of ‘Raga Laya prabha’ – 2022 from Srirama Lalita kala mandira. He won the Kalavantha – The best Mridangist Prize during the Kalavanta series in 2015, organised by the Karnataka Fine Arts Council. In 2018, he performed with the prestigious hr-Bigband, during the Frankfurt jazz festival.