You don’t have to travel to southern India to get a taste of the region’s classical musical style. In fact, the genre is coming with a modern twist to metro Atlanta.
Carnatic 2.0 Live in Atlanta will stop at Berkmar High School in Lilburn on March 8 to bring the music of India to a contemporary audience. Composed by musicians Shravan Sridhar and Mahesh Raghvan, who founded the duo, Carnatic 2.0 is an experimental project currently touring the U.S.
“In this piece, Mahesh along with the very talented violinist, Shravan Sridhar create some brilliant fusion of different Ragas of carnatic music along with various western elements which portray creativity at its very best,” reads the event description.
Tickets start at $15 for children and $20 for adults.
Raghvan is a carnatic music fusion performer who has gained notoriety for experimenting with classical music. Those experiments have garnered him millions of views on YouTube and Facebook, as fans watch Raghvan perform on his iPad. He’s also tackled modern songs and transformed them into classical Indian music. The Maroon 5 hit, “Girls Like You,” which features Atlanta-area resident Cardi B, was covered in 2018 and has garnered 1.6 million views on YouTube.
Sridhar, the other half of Carnatic 2.0, has 19 years of training in violin and Indian Carnatic vocals under his belt. He’s also adept in the electronica, country, rock and roll, and blues genres. The musician is also familiar with reality TV singing competitions, having appeared on “Airtel Super Singer,” where he performed with the likes of legendary Indian film music composer Rajhesh Vaidhya, and Indian guitarist and music producer, Keba Jeremiah.
Carnatic 2.0 Live in Atlanta
5–7 p.m. Sunday, March 8
Berkmar High School: 405 Pleasant Hill Road, Lilburn
Tickets are $15 for children, $20 for adults
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