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).