Hum Raag performs at Bharat Kalachar, Chennai on April 11th at 6:30 pm. Please come.

We are so thrilled to be going to Chennai.  Mrs. YGP is a doyenne in the field of education.  She started Padma Seshadri School.  Her son YG Mahendra is a theatre and film actor.  Now, three generations are running the cultural component of the school– called Bharat Kalachar.  Madhuvanti Arun is YGM’s daughter.  If you happen to be in Chennai on April 11th, please come in the evening to attend our show.

BHARAT KALACHAR

16, Thirumalai Road, T.Nagar, Chennai 17; Phone: 28343045/42024304

Website: www.bharatkalachar.com

Cordially invites you for the programme for APRIL 2015

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11/04/2015TAMIL NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS

6 30 pm – HUM RAAG by

                       Shoba Narayan (narrator) & Chitra Srikrishna (carnatic vocalist)

                       Jayanthi Keshav (violin) & Madurai B. Sundar (mridangam)

 

HumRaag – a show that explores the classical roots of Indian popular music, from Abhangs, Bhajans, Ghazals and Movie music. A multimedia presentation filled with Carnatic and classical music accompanied by poetry, story-telling and video music

 

14/04/2015   – ViSHU CELEBRATIONS

       6 30 pm – “BHARATHA RATHAM” – Malayalam Drama by

                       Kaliyuga Theatres & K.P.Samskarika Vedi, Payyanur

Bharatha Ratham – Through the live visuals of the dynamic characters and main episodes of the great epic Mahabharata, the historic events of India’s Freedom Struggle are symbolically presented in the play ‘Bharata Ratham’. The parallel between the epic and the freedom movement is brought out so convincingly through powerful dialogues and similar events. ‘Bharata Ratham’ was written by the great patriot, orator .and freedom fighter, Sri K.P.Kunhirama Poduval in 1942.

CO Sponsor : MALAYALEE RECREATION CENTRE (MRC) Chennai 76

Venue for the above Programmes: Sri YGP Auditorium

                                               17, Thirumalai Road, T.Nagar, Chennai 17

ALL RASIKAS ARE WELCOME

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Dr.(Mrs) Y.G. Parthasarathy ; Y Gee Mahendra; Smt. Sudha Mahendra;   Smt. Madhuvanthi Arun

             Chairman                         Secretary                   Joint Secretary                 Cultural Consultant                                                                    

The joy of a migratory bird going back home

Have been working on our upcoming music shows in Chennai all weekend.  We are completely redoing the show, and including more Tamil songs.  The Chennai audience is both discerning and has a specific taste.  Like the fabled Hamsa birds that can separate milk from water and drink only the milk, the Chennai audience has forgotten more about music that I care to remember.

So it is exciting for me.  I feel the joy of a migratory bird that is going back home.  The rosy starlings that are currently thronging Ulsoor Lake will go back to Tajikistan at about the same time I will go to Chennai.  April 11 and 12.

So Chitra and I are talking every day.  Deciding on film songs and classical music composers.  It is fun.  Speaking of birds, there is a lovely passage in this essay on that fine magazine, Muse India.  On birds here

A concert

My friend, Chitra Srikrishna and I doing a music gig called “Hum Raag.” It is a fun project where we link film songs to classical Indian music. Kabir bhajans, abhangs, light songs, carnatic music, hindustani music and the like.

Our next show is on Sunday, January 18th from 5 to 7 PM. At Unnati Bangalore’s auditorium. Please do spread the word to music lovers in Bangalore. Details below.

Dear Friend,
This month we have planned a special program as per details attached. Please do not miss the same. Please make a note: 18th January at 5.00 pm

Hum Raag is an experience sure to excite and entertain all of you and take you all through a wonderful journey of music and poetry aided by audio and video presentations.

The performance features audio and video snippets of songs and live performance of the ragas or melody. They are based on a short background of the ragas and their forms, both in carnatic and Hindustani traditions. Smt. Chitra Srikrishna, an ‘A’ grade artiste with AIR and a carnatic vocalist for over a decade now, will perform with percussion accompaniments, while Smt. Shoba Narayan, an author, columnist and music lover, will weave the story and take us through the entire journey, playing the role of the ‘Sutradar”. From Bhajans to bollywood all will be covered featuring a variety of languages. On the whole it is going to be an enjoyable, entertaining as well as educative and informative evening, not to be missed.

Smt. Chitra Srikrishna
Sri. Deepak Murthy
Sri. R Adamya
Smt. Shoba Narayan

Address
Unnati Centre, Temple Road, Sadanandanagar, NGEF East, Bangalore – 560038.
Telephones: 080-25384642, 080-25384443

Raga Connection show

I will be doing a workshop “The Raga Connection” along with a friend and fabulous singer, Chitra Srikrishna, at the Times of India literary festival this Sunday on the 7th of December (details below) If you have kids who would be interested in attending the workshop or other friends in Mumbai, please let them know.

Details here

http://timeslitfest.com/schedule-7-dec.php

HumRaag

Chitra Srikrishna is a classical carnatic singer. She spent many years in the Bay area, which is why you haven’t heard of her. She is a fantastic concert-level performer.

Chitra and I collaborate on a show/performance called Hum Raag. The basic concept is “From film songs to classical music.”

What’s it about? Okay, let me describe the scene.

Chitra is sitting on the stage with a violinist and mridangist (drummer) on either side. I am the sutradhar– standing on the side with my laptop. There is a projector and screen behind Chitra for my Powerpoint presentation.

We start with a film clip from a popular film song. “Yeh dosti,” from Sholay. I play the film clip for one minute. Chitra hums the song, and segues into a Kabir bhajan; or a Hindustani song; or a Carnatic composition. She doesn’t sing the whole song– just for a couple of minutes. While she sings, I am explaining the raga and concepts of classical Indian music in the background. As a slide show. So the audience is listening to music and watching it being explained in the slide show at the back. At the end of Chitra’s singing, I come out in front and do my storytelling bit. I link poetry, music, and drama and do a 30-second monologue. Then we play another film clip. Say it is “Ek tha cholo re,” in Bengali. Chitra sings a song based on that raga, which happens to be Shankarabharanam. I explain the raga, and Tagore and his composition in my slide show. Then I walk up and do my storytelling. And so it goes. We pick songs from different parts of India, in different languages: a lot of Hindi songs, but also Tamil, Kannada, Bengali, Malayalam and Telegu.

The show is fast paced and multi-sensory. Music, slide show, storytelling, film clips…… We do this for an hour and it flies by. Organizations have actually come to us and said “One hour is too short. Make it longer.”

So we do this as a one-hour OR a 1.5 hour presentation.

Our Facebook page is here

If you “like” us, you can get updates of our gigs. No pressure!!

We did two shows for ISB’s Executive Education events. One in Bangalore and one in Hyderabad. Photos here

If you know of a cultural space, corporate group, or event management company that would be interested in a music-storytelling-slide presentation, please point them to us. Email:chitrasrikrishna@gmail.com or me.

Here are some photos from the event.

Chitra and the accompanists below, with my slide presentation in the background
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Posing for photos with Heemanshu Ashar, the curator of the event, in Hyderabad
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Chitra created this nifty photo for our FB page
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With the director of the Center for Executive Education and the team
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Me doing my storytelling at the show
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