Singing of vocations

Chitra Srikrishna narrates stories of entrepreneurs through Carnatic music

“The idea of narrating stories of entrepreneurs came when my husband once spoke about the highs and lows of his own journey as an entrepreneur,” says Carnatic vocalist Chitra Srikrishna, about how this new project took shape. For Chitra, who had already been on the move to take Carnatic music to a wider audience, this seemed to be another exciting approach to attract teenagers and youngsters.

Deterioration of interest among the youth towards classical arts and music prompted Chitra to think of newer and attractive ways to approach them. After exploring classical roots in Indian popular music with writer Shoba Narayan in 2014, Chitra will be launching her yet another experiment in music, Antah Prerna series, a multimedia project exploring the trials and tribulations along the journey of an entrepreneur on July 13.

An entrepreneur’s journey consists of varied experiences from exhilaration to disappointment to self-doubt. “It is not the final outcome of an entrepreneurship but the composite journey which is exciting to share and listen to. Music acts as a medium for expressing such unexplainable emotions,” says Chitra.

To begin with, Chitra in the first edition of Antah Prerna (means ‘inner motivation’) will feature Rang De, founded by Smitha Ram and Ramakrishna NK. Rang De is a platform that channelises philanthropic fund, aiding those in need. “Knowing Smitha, Ram and their organisation for several years and moved by their commitment to end poverty, I decided to feature them first.”

While listening to the stories of these enterprises, she observed that journeys of an undertaking is not so different from a personal journey.

Antah Prerna might in future venture into some interesting life stories of personalities who have had an illustrious journey in their respective fields,” she adds.

Antah Prerna begins at 6 p.m. at Bangalore International Centre auditorium, Domlur, Bangalore.

The presentation also involves narration by the co-founders Smitha and Ram. Chitra will be accompanied on the violin by Vaibhav Ramani and mridanga by Adamya Ramanand. She will be rendering pieces from across India in different languages that resonate multiple moods of an entrepreneur at various stages of his/her eventful journey.

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