About the Concert
It is often assumed that the Carnatic music repertoire is limited to Bhakti oriented pieces – songs that praise the gods and goddesses of Hindu mythology. However, Carnatic music is also filled with powerful traditional compositions that are secular in nature. In his one hour Carnatic concert, Ashwath Narayanan uncovers a range of composers and a gamut of topics: from love, sexuality, and religion to general concepts such as time and money. In doing so, this concert showcases an Indian classical arts space that defies stereotypes and highlights diverse narratives.
The Quarantine Effect
As of July 15th, Chennai is just entering phase 1 of their lockdown. A local studio has been procured for the artists, however, it is unknown at the moment if the artist will make it there. Social distancing with accompanists, who typically sit a few feet apart to maximize communication, will be mandated but will bring a new challenge to face in this environment.