This blog post is inspired by Kannik's article and I would like to add a few more specifics with examples in this post.
Indie bands/musicians such as Agam and Remember Shakti have already been making innovations in Carnatic music through deliverance in the progressive rock and world fusion styles respectively. In addition to these bands, artists such as Srinivas (late) and Prasanna have disrupted the scene by delivering this art form through non-traditional instruments such as Mandolin and Electric Guitar respectively. While these are some of the famous artists known to bring in some innovation to Carnatic music scene, here are some not-so-popular yet promising artists who have disrupted the Carnatic music scene making it more democratized.
1. Sakthi Ravitharan - I had written about her talent and music in one of my earlier blog posts. However, I would like to remind that again here. What is unique about her music is the deliverance of raga-based compositions in English sung in Operatic style. Invest in Sakthi by buying her work here.
2. Gautam Tejas Ganeshan - What is unique about Gautam's music is his sincere appreciation of the art form combined with his original poetic lyrics in English that can potentially attract the non-Indian audience as well. Not only has he managed to arouse the curiosity in the minds of a non-Indian audience but also has he managed to bring the art form to more non-traditional venues such as streets in busy market places, art galleries, and pizza/bakery outlets. Consider investing in him by making a donation on his website.
3. Mahesh Raghvan - What is unique about Mahesh's music is his deliverance of Carnatic compositions in electronic music format. The day is not too far when we get to hear Carnatic music in popular DJ parties and dance floors. Here is one of my favorites of Mahesh's (00:49-00:54 is brilliance). Also, invest in Mahesh's talent and buy his album here.
Personally, I am loving these changes and I hope more millennials, including myself, would be able to contribute more to these innovative models by bringing a positive change to the Carnatic music art form.
If you know any other artists similar to the ones mentioned above, please share in the comments section.
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