Vocalist Seetha Chandrashekhar is undertaking Texas Folklife's apprenticeship in the folk & traditional arts program by training with master Carnatic (South Indian) musician and composer Chitravina N. Ravikran, one of Indian music's most inspiring ambassadors. Based in Coppell, TX, Chandrashekhar has been working with Ravikiran on three important features of the Carnatic vocal tradition:
Javalis (fast-paced pieces with romantic themes)
Padams ( slow-paced pieces that require extreme control in slow tempo as well as good voice and breathing techniques)
raga alapana (melodic improvisation exploring the contours of Indian ragas or modes).
Operations & Development Director Charlie Lockwood recently interviewed Chandrashekhar and Ravikiran about their experiences working together in Texas Folklife's Apprenticeship program.
Seetha Chandrashekhar will give a final performance displaying the techniques she has learned from Ravikiran on Friday August 15, 2014 at Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple
(12030 Independence Parkway / Frisco, TX 75035).