Unveiling the music of their pet mission ‘Antariksha Sanchar’, visible artist Avinash Kumar and music composer Murthovic talk about the numerous aspects of the Bharatanatyam dance opera with a narrative centred on mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan
Antariksha Sanchar, a Bharatanatyam dance opera accompanied by multimedia, premièred at Royal Opera Home in Mumbai in 2018. The efficiency was then staged in Delhi and Bengaluru; if not for the COVID-19 lockdown, plans had been on to stage the present in Chennai and Hyderabad this yr. For now, two of the important thing gamers behind this manufacturing — Goa-based visible artist Avinash Kumar and music composer Murthovic from Hyderabad — are glad to launch two music albums based mostly on the dance opera, wherein Carnatic classical meets digital music. A graphic novel, a online game (Antariksha Sanchar: Transmissions in Area) and an AR/VR (augmented actuality and digital actuality) expertise of the dance opera are within the works.
Antariksha Sanchar is a confluence of three inventive spheres — Avinash’s visible artwork aesthetics, Murthovic and his crew’s music, and Bharatanatyam dancer Jayalakshmi Eshwar’s classical-contemporary ballet.
What’s Antariksha Sanchar? It’s a speculative journey story impressed by the mosaic of cultures in South India. Set within the 1900s, it explores mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan’s desires of eager to journey from his dwelling in Madurai to different planets within the photo voltaic system.
- Antariksha Sanchar Vol. 1: The album has eight tracks composed by an ensemble that features vocalists Shridevi Keshavan and Gopika Jairam, violinists Abhijit Gurjale and Sandilya Pisapati, mridangam participant Raghuram Hari, drummer Hitesh Kumar, sarod participant Soumalya Sareswari, Vijay Nelapati on keys and bass, and Murthovic on the helm.
- Vol. 2 has eight tracks remixed by digital musicians akin to: _RHL, FILM, Folic State, Madboy, Oceantied, The Sine Painter, Todh Teri and Spryk.
The thought got here up in 2010, says Avinash, previously a VJ who glided by the display screen title ‘thiruda’ (thief in Tamil). “My mom (dancer Jayalakshmi Eshwar) had this concept of a Bharatanatyam opera that may narrate tales from Indian mythology and science. It was a place to begin and we labored on it as an audio-visual collective in my studio Quicksand. I additionally considered a transmedia online game based mostly on the thought,” he says.
The event took time, as Avinash and his mom had been concerned of their respective work commitments. In 2012, a grant from British Council helped Avinash design a online game prototype. Then, Pink Bull got here on board and gave the mission a bigger canvas to play with, culminating within the première at Royal Opera Home, Mumbai.
It was an experimental and exploratory journey for everybody concerned, says Sri Rama Murthy aka Murthovic: “Avinash did the sketches, animation and is tech savvy to ascertain the ballet on completely different media. His mom Jayalakshmi, along with her sturdy roots in classical dance, was open to incorporating dance components exterior of the strict classical routine. And I had grown up listening to Carnatic classical music however had been engaged on digital music for the final twenty years. I auditioned and fashioned a band of eight musicians who may jam collectively on Carnatic and digital music,” says Murthovic.
A crew of 60-plus had labored to deliver the ballet to stage. The visible and aural references stemmed from many sources, together with travels to neighbourhoods of Madurai, the Meenakshi temple, the gopurams of temples in Kanchi, and the famed Chettinad homes.
Two months in the past, a prototype of a graphic novel based mostly on Antariksha Sanchar was launched at a design fest in Mexico. Concurrently the crew was additionally engaged on music albums recorded on vinyl in Berlin. “Attributable to COVID-19 state of affairs, the vinyls are caught in Berlin. We determined to go forward and launch the albums digitally,” says Murthovic.
Vol. 1 has a set of unique music from the dance opera and Vol. 2 has remix variations of those.
Speaking concerning the street forward for Antariksha Sanchar, Avinash hopes that they may have the ability to stage a brand new and improvised present in several cities in 2021 and in addition unveil the online game and the graphic novel. “We’re additionally engaged on podcasts as effectively, to inform folks what went into the mission,” says Avinash, signing off.
(Test antariksha.in and redbull.in for extra particulars. The 2 music albums are on bandcamp.com and also will be accessible on Spotify, Gaana and different music aggregators by Could 29, 2020.)