Welcome to Brindavani's first educational video! This month, Sanjeev Raja and Keerthi Venkataramani break down the elements of a thani avarthanam, the mridangam solo in a Carnatic music concert, in an easy to understand, accessible way. Using an example thani avarthanam by their guru Vidwan Melakkaveri Sri K. Balaji, Sanjeev and Keerthi cover rhythmic concepts such as sarvalaghu, abhiprayam, korvai, nadai, faran, and mohara. We welcome questions, comments, and suggestions. Enjoy!
Samyuktha Sreeram, Brindavani's most recent and youngest board member, is such a delight to have on our team. In addition to being an integral part of Brindavani, Samyuktha is an 11th grade student in Virginia, USA by day and an incredibly accomplished and talented ghatam player and musician by night. Although she is young, Samyuktha is an inspiration for all of us with her passion and drive for Carnatic music and her leadership skills.
In this issue of the Brindavani Blog, Samyuktha discusses her inspirations, her future goals, her experiences being a female Carnatic percussionist and balancing Carnatic music with life as an American teenager, her thoughts about Carnatic music in the USA, and her involvement with Brindavani.
Read our interview with her to find out more about Samyuktha!
Welcome to Brindavani's first featured article. Read to find out how some young artists use their art to change the world! This feature highlights Nilam Pesinal, an innovative dance production by Indisha Fine Arts that seeks to bring awareness to human environmental impact and eliminate the use of plastic bags in Chennai. To learn more about Nilam Pesinal’s vision for a Plastic Free Chennai, we interviewed Janani Ramesh, a budding young Carnatic musician and Bharatanatyam dancer who has spearheaded Indisha's efforts in the U.S.
To get involved in the Plastic Free Chennai initiative,fill out this form.
To learn how to make newspaper bags, check out this tutorial!
About the Blog
At Brindavani, we're committed to fostering the values of youth leadership, service through the arts, musicianship, and youth and community engagement. Through largely crowd-sourced articles about Carnatic music, we envision this blog as a forum in which Carnatic ideas and happenings are freely shared and discussed.