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Thursday Thu, 25 Apr 2024


Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

Typically considered to be a mischief maker, the role of Narada has often been reduced to that of jest, featuring as a comic relief in mythological stories. However, there is far more depth to his character, as evident in Sanskrit and regional literature.

He is a guru, a well wisher and a soul that helps devotees in distress and more. His persona far surpasses the stereotypes that surround him, and this production by Madrasana aims to highlight that. Presented by Vinay Varanasi & Aditya Madhavan, Vara Narada pays homage to lesser known aspects of the bard through stories and music. The program aims to unravel the layers behind the character, while traversing through stories and supporting music.

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Vinay Varanasi


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.

Adamya Ramanand


Adamya had his initial training under Vid MA Krishnamurthy and advanced training under Padma Vibhushana awardee Umayalpuram Sri K Sivaraman. He is also receiving guidance from Vid Arjun Kumar. He is a recipient of several accolades including CMANA award from Percussive art center, Ragalayaprabha from Rama Lalitha Kala Mandira and Ananya Yuva Puraskara from Ananya GML Academy. His performance career spans close to three decades and he has also been guiding young mridangam aspirants for the past decade.

Aditya Madhavan


27-year-old Aditya Madhavan is a disciple of Sangeeta Kala Acharya Smt Radha Namboodiri and Sangeeta Kalanidhi Shri Sanjay Subrahmanyan. He is an A-graded artist of All India Radio. He was awarded the “Isai Chudar” title from Kartik Fine Arts, the Best Vocalist award in the Spirit of Youth Concert Competition by The Music Academy Madras, the “Sangeeta Mudhra” Award from Mudhra Sabha, Pallavi Darbar organized by Carnatica and Parthasarathy Swami Sabha, Bharat Ratna Dr MS Subbulakshmi Fellowship from Shanmukhananda Sabha, to name a few.

He is a regular performer at the Chennai December Music Season and various other Music festivals in South India.

B K Raghu


B K Raghu started learning violin at a tender age of 8 years. He has performed at various prestigious concert halls all over India and abroad. Has about 20 years of experience in the Indian Classical Carnatic Music field.

An “A” graded artiste from the All India Radio, Bangalore
Performed at Tanzania, Dubai, France, US & Canada Music festivals

Recipient of the “Kishora Prathibhe” award from the Karnataka Government Performed in the presence of Dr. Abdul Kalam, the then President of India. He was awarded as the Best Solo Performer at the Bangalore Gayana Samaja music concert competition. Have performed at various important music festivals held in Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi and Chennai. Recipient of scholarship from C.C.R.T. New Delhi (Center for Cultural Resources and Training)