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Human beings, like our feathered brethren, are a musical species. We use sound not only as a means of communication, but to create beauty as an end in itself. The creative power of the human spirit is best exemplified in the world of musical instruments, which lies at the intersection of art and science.
In this session the curatorial team of the Indian Music Experience Museum explores three distinct facets of musical instruments: the science of sound production and the classification of musical instruments; the stories of how instruments have evolved over time in response to a variety of factors; a case study and live demonstration on instrument innovation; and the special relationship that stalwarts of music share with their instruments. The presentation gives insight into some of the most unique objects at the IME, including the installations from the Sound Garden, the collection at the Instruments Gallery, and the precious artifacts from the Hall of Fame.
About the Indian Music Experience Museum
The Indian Music Experience Museum (IME) is India’s first interactive music museum. Located in JP Nagar, Bengaluru, the IME is a non-profit initiative of the Indian Music Experience Trust, supported by the Brigade Group. The vision of the IME is to introduce the youth to the diversity of Indian music and to preserve India’s rich musical heritage. The IME
comprises a hi-tech Exhibit Area, a Sound Garden, a Learning Centre for music education, and several performance spaces. The IME’s work spans across Exhibition, Conservation, Audience Development, Education and Community Outreach. Besides museum visits, the IME hosts a wide variety of public programs. The IME’s online activities include regular events on its Facebook page, an online exhibit on the Google Arts and Culture platform, and the curation of www.chowdiah.com, a digital archive on violin maestro Mysore T. Chowdiah.
More details about the IME can be found at www.indianmusicexperience.org.
Manasi Prasad is a noted classical vocalist from Bangalore and the Museum Director of the Indian Music Experience Museum (IME).
Manasi has learnt Carnatic classical music from renowned gurus such as RK Padmanabha in Bangalore and Sriram Parasuram in Chennai. She started performing concerts at the age of 9 and since then has performed widely across India and in 6 continents around the world. She is a recipient of several awards in music, including the prestigious Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar from the Sangeet Natak Akademi, Govt. of India. She was the first recipient of the Rotary-Brigade Young Achievers’ Award. Manasi is an engineering graduate, and went on to do her MBA from IIM Bangalore. She has been awarded a Fellowship by the TED Organization, and has been recognized as one of the 35 ‘Indians of Tomorrow’ by the India Today publications.
In her role as Museum Director at IME, Manasi conceptualized and led a team that curated the 9 permanent exhibits of the Indian Music Experience Museum. She also co-curated Ravi Shankar@100: India’s global musician, a centennial exhibition on the sitar maestro, which opened at the IME in March 2020 and continues to be on display. Manasi has been involved in reviving the compositions of violin maestro, Mysore T. Chowdiah, and has spearheaded the creation of www.chowdiah.com, an online digital archive on his life and works.
Dr Suma Sudhindra is among the foremost exponents of the Veena in her generation of musicians. A rare blend of the classical conservatism with a belief in evolving to the present, her range of work has extended from scholarly to performances of immaculate skill and creative encounters. Her latest contribution to the world of music is her innovative Tarangini Veena. She has performed widely around India and the world. Dr. Suma Sudhindra was bestowed recently with Sangeet Natak Akademi award and has also been a
recipient of the Karnataka Rajyotsava Award for her contribution to the music world. She has been honoured with the Kalaimamani Award from the Tamil Nadu Government, Ganakalabhushana Award from Karnataka Ganakala Parishat and numerous others.
Suma has been at the forefront of the leadership at IME for many years. She has been deeply involved in the content curation, including the collection of an exclusive collection of over 100 instruments that are on display at the museum. She has amplified the cause of the museum far and wide, and has set up the museum’s Learning Centre that imparts high quality music education.
Sahana Mohan, an interface designer by profession working in the UK and India switched her career to be associated with Indian Music Experience Museum (IME) from the days of its inception. She believes that the arts play a crucial role in the overall well-being of people and art institutions have the responsibility to shape and influence society for the better.
She leads the content team and is responsible for acquiring media and assets for the museum. Sahana’s involvement with IME spans from the initial design and set up of the museum in 2016, to temporary exhibitions such as Ravi Shankar@100: India’s global musician centennial, an exhibition that ran in a physical as well as online environment. In addition to being an ardent fan of Indian Classical music, she is an ardent yoga enthusiast practicing yoga for many years.
Krithika Sreenivasan is a classical vocalist from Bengaluru and Special Projects Executive at the Indian Music Experience (IME)A Karnatik vocalist and an engineering graduate, Krithika comes with years of training and experience both in performing and teaching music. She is currently receiving advanced training from Vidwan Chitravina Ravikiran and Vidwan Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma. She has co-authored a book on musicians, “Alpayushyada Mahan Sadhakaru-Sangeetagaararu” (Musicians who died young) in Kannada, along with her mother. Krithika has also conceptualized a series called “Kannada Kavya Kamanabillu” that is an amalgamation of Kannada poetry and music, which brings to light many poetic forms of Kannada literature, from different time periods, in a chronological manner.
In her role as a Special Projects Executive and a part of the curatorial team at IME, Krithika has worked on the curation of media for the Ravi shankar@100: India’s global musician centennial exhibition on the sitar maestro. Krithika has also been involved in creating the notations on T Chowdiah in English for the digital archive.