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We are living in a time of great upheaval. From the still lurking pandemic to looming climate crisis, the future can easily look bleak. Nations are at war—hard won rights are under attack in countries across the world. In our own country and neighbourhoods, social divisions threaten the peace.
Through the last two millennia, Indian poets and philosophers have addressed these existential questions surrounding the individuals role in society, dealing with inequity, discrimination and outright oppression. Their answers have ranged from a philosophical acceptance to outright call for revolution. Yet others didn’t wait for a crisis to occur before calling for change, from the minor to a complete overhaul.
विवर्तन | Vivartana presents the work of such social revolutionaries —poets, politicians, rulers and sants in a musical tour across time and territory, from Kerala to Kashmir. The program is anchored by a live performance of songs in multiple languages, interspersed with short narration to provide the audience both context and a thread of continuity.
The program will run for 90 minutes with a simultaneous slideshow where Chitra Srikrishna will be the narrator & singer accompanied by 2 musicians (violinist, percussionist) on stage. The performance will be in multiple languages including Kannada, Tamil, Hindi, Marathi and Bengali.
Chitra Srikrishna is a musician, writer and adjunct professor at Ahmedabad University. As a carnatic vocalist for over three decades she has performed live, on the radio, and on television across the world.
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 Antah Prerna (musical telling of an entrepreneur’s journey), Bhakti (musical journey of Bhakti mystics) and HumRaag (classical meets popular music). 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. Her stories have featured in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. At Ahmedabad University she teaches music appreciation courses such as Musical Traditions of India – An Introduction and How Music Shapes Cities. More information is available on her website chitrasrikrishna.com
Adamya Ramanand hails from a musical family and receives advanced training under the tutelage of Sangitha Kalanidhi Umalayapuram K. Sivaraman. He is the winner of multiple awards including the CMANA award from Percussive Arts Center, Raga Laya Prabha from Rama Lalita Kala Mandira and Ananya Puraskara in Bangalore. He worked as a software engineer and quit his job to pursue music as a full time profession four years ago. He is an ‘A’ grade artiste of AIR Bangalore.
Vaibhav Ramani is a student of Vid. Sri Kumaresh of Ganesh-Kumaresh fame. He has performed widely as a solo violinist in many cities and accompanied prominent carnatic musicians such as Vid. Abhishek Raghuram, Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh, Dr. Renganatha Sharma. He has also had the opportunity to perform abroad in Uganda and Canada.
He is the recipient of several prizes such as the first prize in the national level Sangeet Samraat competition in 2016, Best Violin Accompanist Award at the Spirit of Youth festival by the Madras Music Academy in August 2018 and recently Sri Shanmukhananda Sabha’s ‘Bharat Ratna M.S. Subbulakshmi Fellowship Award’ for the years 2021-2023.
His first album titled ‘Hamsanadam- a Tribute to My Guru’ with Vid. Patri Satish Kumar and Vid. Giridhar Udupa has been well received. He is a B-high graded artiste of AIR Bangalore.