Friday, March 14, 2014

Classical Roots of Indian Popular Music


How often have you found yourself humming a favourite music tune? It could be a movie song you’d heard when you were younger or one you just heard on the radio – and now it plays continuously in your head. Did you know many of these haunting melodies (what we think of as filmi gana or music) has its roots in classical music? A common misconception is that to appreciate classical music it takes years of listening and cultivation – worse yet that it’s not for everyone. The reality is all of us already listen to classical music and often appreciate it – without even knowing that’s what we are doing.

Chitra Srikrishna, carnatic musician and writer, brings you an evening of great music and music appreciation with her presentation “The Classical Roots of Indian Popular Music.” The presentation uses popular music to trace our life stages from childhood, through teen and adulthood, parenting and growing old and the emotions we encounter. The underlying classical melody, for each mood and its accompanying popular song will be performed and explained. By weaving a continual thread of changing moods, Chitra will take you on a musical journey that educates as much as it entertains through classical melodies in different languages and genres.

Chitra Srikrishna and Shoba Narayan together they hope to leave you with a better appreciation for the classical roots of popular music and enhance your appreciation of music as a whole.

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