Roopa in Six Yards: A Carnatic Playlist

by Roopa Mahadevan

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ARTIST INFORMATION

Roopa Mahadevan on Vocal
Anjna Swaminathan on Violin
Rajesh Srinivasan on Mridangam
Sruti Sarathy on Violin (guest)

TRACK INFORMATION

1 Date Night / Brindāvanadolu
Raga: Thillang | Tala: Adi (8 beats)
Composer: Purandara Dasa | Language: Kannada

2 Grand Vishnu Hotel / Bhaja Mādhavam
Raga: Kapi | Tala: Adi (8 beats)
Composer: Mysore Vasudevachar | Language: Sanskrit

3 Shimmer / Thillānā
Raga: Sindhubhairavi | Tala: Adi (8 beats)
Composer: S. Kalyanaraman | Language: Tamil

4 Nī / Nīrajākshi (feat. Sruti Sarathy on violin)
Raga: Hindolam | Tala: Rupaka (12 beats)
Composer: Muttuswami Dikshithar | Language: Sanskrit

5 Praying with Paati / Paruvam Pārkka
Raga: Dhanyasi | Tala: Rupaka (6 beats)
Composer: Anai Ayya | Language: Tamil

6 Gusts from Elsewhere / Indha Parāmugam
Raga: Purvikalyani | Tala: Adi (8 beats)
Composer: Kavimani Desika Vinayakam Pillai | Language: Tamil

7 Marching, Marching / Nadachi Nadachi
Raga: Kharaharapriya | Tala: Adi (16 beats)
Composer: Thyagaraja | Language: Telegu

ABOUT THE ALBUM

Roopa in Six Yards: A Carnatic Playlist presents seven songs from 15th - 20th century India in the languages Sanskrit, Tamil, Kannada, and Telegu. Each song also has an English title, inviting uninitiated audiences.

Through this album, Roopa Mahadevan pays homage to Carnatic music, a rich song tradition that gives life to so many listeners across the world. Embedded in Roopa's renditions is unspeakable gratitude to her gurus Asha Ramesh and Suguna Varadachari who gave her the gift of voice and taught her that there is no music without sincerity.

​The name Six Yards is an ode to the sari, the elegant six yard cloth that Roopa wears when performing Carnatic music. This transformational ritual transports the listener too, into the world of raga and tala and the stories that lie between.

Much like the contemporary sari which reinvents and builds upon an elegant tradition, Roopa's joyous but soulful renditions distinctively reimagine and enhance the classical Carnatic art form.

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released December 5, 2019

Recorded: AV Digital Studio, Mumbai; Mason Jar Music, Brooklyn; Krimson Avenue Studios, Chennai
Mixed and Mastered: Ishit Kuberkar at SoundPotion Studios, Chennai
Album Art: Vidya Cowsik Santosh
Album Advisors: Shiv Subramaniam and Amrita Doshi

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Roopa Mahadevan New York, New York

Roopa Mahadevan is a leading Indian classical vocalist and crossover artist in the South Asian American diaspora, known for her powerful and emotive voice, multidisciplinary talents, and collaborative projects with jazz, R&B/soul, and dance/theater artists. Roopa can be found in NYC leading her crossover ensemble, Roopa in Flux and directing the groundbreaking choir Navatman Music Collective. ... more

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