Oh, Vithya! - Workshop on Understanding and Singing Abhangs
Exploring abhangs (sung poems) of the warikari tradition of Maharashtra. We will explore the works of 4 different mystic poets in the tradition- the thematic and stylistic difference of their writing, and how music responds to that.
Participants will be singing, and responding to the literary and philosophical aspects of the poetry, but no prior singing experience is expected. Some of the works are extremely rare to find in either translation or performance and are an outcome of Shruthi Vishwanath's work on rare abhangs over the last few years.
Languages: Poetry and Singing in Marathi, with discussions and translations in English.
Shruthi is also doing a performance at 7.30pm the same evening called The Padar Has Slipped. You can buy a combined pass for both if interested.
About the artist:
ShruthiVishwanath is a singer and composer who explores intersections of classical and folk, visceral and intellectual through her music. She is known for her interpretations of poems by women, and their stark relevance in modern times, along with finding common threads of nirgun and sagun poets.
She has performed extensively across India and around the world, including at Kabir Festival Mumbai, NCPA, India Habitat Centre, Jaipur Literature Festival, Kochi Muziris Biennale, and Raga Forum for Indian Music Vienna. Her work on the women warikari poets was supported with a grant from India Foundation for the Arts. She is also an educator, working with communities and organizations to use music and the arts to build better lives