Chennai-based A Carnatic Quartet’s lockdown musical production is reflective of the times


‘Rise’ by A Carnatic Quartet is a video expertise of tune, illustrations and spoken phrase, curated over three months

“Normally, after a day’s work, we might exit, meet our associates or store. We might search for happiness in such issues. This virus has proven us that the happiness that comes with these issues, can’t at all times be with us… However even now, there are issues past this, that can provide us happiness.” That is how thavil artiste Adyar G Silambarasan introduces Behag raga — “This ragam is one which makes us really feel completely happy,” he continues, because the video opens to Chennai-based A Carnatic Quartet enjoying the favored varnam, ‘Vanajaksha’, albeit on a display screen break up in 4.

Rise, a musical manufacturing conceptualised by the Carnatic ensemble is thus an amalgam of spoken phrase, illustration and naturally, music, organized and produced remotely. The manufacturing is about to premiere tomorrow.

The quartet comprising violinist Shreya Devnath, Praveen Sparsh on mridangam, Mylai Karthikeyan on nadaswaram and two alternating thavil artistes Adyar G Silambarasan and Gummudipoondi R Jeevanandham, has been enjoying collectively since December 2019.

“Since we began, we hadn’t gone this lengthy with out assembly up or enjoying collectively. So we began placing out one-minute-long movies on Instagram, on a grid format the place we every performed at our personal houses and later assembled the audio and video,” recollects Shreya. On seeing one of many movies, the organiser of their spring tour within the US, Dhvani India, (which was scheduled to occur in March, however was cancelled), commissioned a 90-minute manufacturing on this format.

The quartet wouldn’t name it a full-fledged live performance. It follows a script and narration which makes it a musical manufacturing. “We thought the manufacturing must be reflective of no matter we’re going by way of, now. Artwork can by no means be in a bubble of its personal. Artwork at all times strikes with society,” says Shreya who can also be behind the video enhancing and idea of the manufacturing.

Not simply the modality, even the considering course of was reflective of the instances, provides the artiste. Rise attracts from 10 totally different themes: — from gender roles and energy constructions to racial discrimination and the work-from-home expertise. Easy themes of happiness and innocence additionally make an look, as artistes work together with the viewers by way of quick introductory appearances earlier than every of the compositions. It ends with a becoming tribute to the COVID-19 warriors.

The illustrations had been accomplished by musician and artist Susha whereas the sound design was led by Praveen. “The viewers will get the artistes’ perspective of every of the themes. With each new theme, the artiste addresses the viewer,” explains Shreya. Memorable quotes from many world philosophies additionally discover a place. “We wished to take the viewers by way of an emotional expertise by not diluting the music that we wished to current,” says Praveen.

The method was labour-intensive — bits of summary instrumental music had been being despatched through mails and WhatsApp messages . “The method of constructing musical sense of it took a very long time. We wished to zoom out and provides it a special perspective as a result of we had been attempting to rearrange music that was performed dwell,” says Praveen, including that for the reason that sound high quality of the sources diversified, some plug-ins and mixing strategies utilized in various music had been blended in.

“Each bar of music performed needed to be mentioned by way of cellphone calls,” provides Shreya.

Rise can be put out on the market within the weeks after the premiere. The premiere can be on the August 21 at 7 pm on artsquarefeet. Hyperlink:


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