HumRaag – The Classical Roots of Filmi Gaane
What is it about popular music that alters moods, jogs memories, and moves us all? HumRaag seeks to answer this through a multimedia experience that weaves together contemporary and olden goldies of filmi gaane, classical carnatic music, and a universal story. The audio, video and musical storytelling helps the audience experience that ragas are everywhere, especially in filmi gaane, from Ajnaabe to Zanjeer.
BHAKTHI – A Musical Journey with Mystics
BHAKTHI has the audience explore how the music and poetry of these mystics helped them experience the divine. The program is anchored by a live performance of songs of the Bhakthi saints, interspersed with short narration and visuals to provide the audience with both context and a thread of continuity.
Antah Prerna – A Musical Telling of an Entrepreneur’s Journey
Antah Prerna (Sanskrit – inner motivation) is a multimedia production exploring the journey of an entrepreneur from idea conception all the way to success and growth (or even an exit). It features classical music from across India to tell the story of an entrepreneur who as the narrator takes the audience through each stage of a roller-coaster journey – from the inspiration, through naysayers, exhilaration and numerous setbacks and inevitable self-doubt, before hopefully a good outcome.
RaagTime is a music program on WCRS community radio hosted by Chitra Srikrishna. The program helps listeners discover and explore the classical music of India and its contribution to popular music. RaagTime showcases the entire spectrum of Indian music – from classical music to folk to Indian movie music from Bollywood and beyond. Instrumental and regional music get as much coverage as mainstream classical and popular music.
To listen to all 25 episodes of RaagTime click here.
Carnatic in Corona Times
Carnatic in Corona Times is a video series around music for pandemic times.
Moods & Melodies
A musical presentation on how Indian classical music melodies or ragas can not only express our moods but also change them at the Upper Arlington and Westerville public libraries in Columbus Ohio as part of their Listen and Learn music appreciation series.
Music of the Mystics – A Presentation
In April 2017 I had given a presentation on the legacy of the mystics across cultures followed by BHAKTHI – A Musical Journey with Mystics at the Oakland University in Michigan. The event was hosted by Great Lakes Aradhana Committee, one of the largest Indo-American arts organizations in Michigan in collaboration with the music department of Oakland University.
Moods & Melodies: Calming Yourself with Carnatic Music
Pandemic times are stressful for everyone and what better way to deal with them than with music? Music has a unique way to set the mood – whether for a moment or an entire evening. Melodies or ragas of classical music underlie most of the music we listen to – whether a bhajan, filmi song or even background music.
Moods & Melodies: Calming Yourself with Carnatic Music is an online presentation where the audience goes through a variety of moods with songs from across India (classical and more) and understand how melodies indeed can shape our moods, even in these trying times.