The Indian Cultural Centre, Colombo in collaboration with Hindu Educational Society, Colombo and The Carnatic Alchemy Project presents ‘Sadbhakti’- a musical tribute to legendary carnatic vocalist, musician MS Subbulakshmi as a part of the MS Subbulakshmi centenary celebration, on Friday, December 2 at the Saraswathy Hall, 75 Lorenz Road, Colombo at 6.30 pm. ‘Sadbhakti’, showcases the rich diversity of Bhakti music genres sung by MS Subbulakshmi in over 10 languages of India, from Tyagaraja to Meera Bai to Guru Nanak.
Immortal songs of M.S Subbulakshmi in over 10 Indian languages including Hindi, Urdu, Sanskrit, Bengali, Marathi, and Gujarati apart from the south Indian languages will be featured in the concert.
“MS Subbulakshmi’s life, legacy and music is testimony to the awareness that Bhakti transcends linguistic and geographical boundaries. She was rooted in Carnatic idioms but explored diverse genres” recounts Dr. Deepti Navaratna, who co-developed the production through Carnatic Alchemy Project, with guidance from Gowri Ramnarayan the grandniece of M.S.Subbulakshmi.
“Sadbhakti was conceptualized with the larger vision to take Carnatic music to diverse audiences beyond South Indian communities”, explained Anandini Shekar, of the Carnatic Alchemy Project, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to taking Carnatic music to diverse audiences across the world.
The Carnatic Alchemy Project is committed to creating transformative experiences and connecting to diverse communities through Carnatic music. CAP fosters musical innovation and cultural entrepreneurship through concerts, commission new works and outreach programs.
In the past, they have explored new spaces (Cafes to Sound-Art Installations), new ensemble configurations (chamber music from jazz to world music) and new agendas for music making.
Deepti Navaratna is a versatile artiste who is at home with classical and crossovers. An accomplished Carnatic musician, her music has been presented at premiere performing spaces in India and abroad. She is the director of ‘The Carnatic Alchemy Project’, a non-profit organization dedicated to taking Carnatic music to diverse audiences and is currently funded by the Cambridge Arts Council and Massachusetts Cultural Council, USA.
A devout fan of MS Subbulakshmi, she plans to continue her legacy in experimenting with Carnatic music in various intercultural productions and genres.