Vasanthothsavam-Spring Music Festival 2021 – Vocal Concert by Vidushi Kum. Roopa Mahadevan
South India Fine Arts [SIFA]] [SIFA] is proud to host the 3rd vocal concert of the Spring season music festival- Vasanthothsavam, by Vidushi Kum.
Roopa Mahadevan on April 10th, Saturday at 6.30 p.m. PDT.
Accompanied by Vidushi Kum. Sruti Sarathy on Violin and Vidwan Ajay Gopi on Mridangam.
Roopa is a sought-after second-generation Indian classical and crossover vocalist in the American diaspora, known for her powerful, emotive voice, community spirit, and multidisciplinary collaborations. She is the bandleader of the crossover ensemble Roopa in Flux, director of the innovative choir Navatman Music Collective, and a sought-after vocalist for leading Bharathanatyam/modern dancers. Roopa also brings a critical commentary, humor, and authenticity to her work, often invoking her talents in dance and theater.
Roopa received Carnatic training under Vidushi Asha Ramesh and further under Vidushi Suguna Varadachari through the Fulbright scholarship. Roopa has performed in diverse venues such as Chennai’s Music Academy during the December festival, Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana, which awarded her the title Kala Ratna, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, MET Museum, Chicago Cultural Center, and Hollywood Bowl, among others. She is a soloist on several albums, including Christopher Tin’s Grammy Award-winning Calling All Dawns, and has been chosen for residencies at the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity, Hedgebrook, and Mass MOCA. Roopa released her album Roopa in Six Yards: a Carnatic Playlist in 2019 and is currently a 2020/21 member of the Joe’s Pub Working Group. In a previous avatar, Roopa worked in public health policy, following degrees from Stanford University.
Sruti Sarathy is a versatile Carnatic violinist and vocalist based in Chennai and in the Bay Area. She is trained in the Lalgudi style of the violin under Guru Smt. Anuradha Sridhar, Founder/Director of Trinity Center for Music. Sruti’s music brings out the voice of the Indian violin in a contemporary and imaginative way. She is the recipient of many awards, including “Best Violinist” from the Music Academy, Madras in 2019 and 2020. A graduate of Stanford University and a Fulbright Scholar, Sruti accompanies top Carnatic musicians and performs in festivals across the world. She often takes the role of composer-performer for dance and theater works. She is the creator of Sound Thoughts, a project exploring resonances between music and literature.
Ajay is a disciple of his father Sri. Gopi Lakshminarayanan (Disciple of Late Sri. Kumbakonam Narayananswamy) and Sri. Kallidaikurichi Sivakumar (Disciple of Late Sri. Palghat Raghu). Ajay has accompanied various artists including many senior artists in several concerts both in the USA and India. Ajay has performed in many prestigious sabhas such as the Music Academy and regularly performs in the Chennai December Season festival. Ajay has won many first prizes in competitions both in the USA and India. Ajay also learns Carnatic Vocal and is currently learning from Sri. Kolkata Vijayaraghavan. Ajay is a graduate of UC Berkeley and holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science.