Singer - Flautist - Composer
Varijashree has trained under her parents Vid H S Venugopal and Vid Rama, Vid Geetha and Vid Salem P Sundaresan. Having trained in one of the strongest classical forms of music – Carnatic, Varijashree finds her own space and unique language by fusing different genres of music, yet retaining the authencity of her musical roots. These cross cultural experiments have led to her musical collaborations as a singer and composer to spread across a variety of platforms. Today, she is known for her versatility and the ease with which she navigates through any given style of music.
Life is conflict in motion. Beneath all the layers & masks we are One. Paradox is full of musical surprises: consonance-dissonance, poly-rhythms, staccato-legato, masculine-feminine & sonic expectation vs reality. Based in the Indian Raga Kiravani this song is in a rare & challenging 18/8 time signature, exploring interesting cross-beat subdivisions of 18, 9, 6, 4.5 & 3. Inverted harmonies, mirror phrases & themes, creative combo of cultures, instruments & textures are the highlight. Yet, beneath all the layers, this song is enjoyable & groovy!
‘Moksha’ in Indian philosophy is the ultimate liberation from conflicts. To me this song is born out of a musical and spiritual conflict. As a guitarist with deep love for both traditional Indian and Western music, I’ve had to earn my freedom a) physically & musically in mastering multiple genres through instrument innovation, and b) socially & emotionally, breaking free of opinion and expectations of purists and traditionalists and carving my own path. ‘Moksha’ is my voice of liberation and ultimately a song that transcends musical boundaries.
Imagine the Bangalore traffic and how all you can hear is honks and more honks. In between all of that, it is a challenge to find peace and silence within you; to find your inner music. Metaphorically, this song is about finding your ‘song of life’ amidst all the beautiful chaos. This collaboration features Varijashree Venugopal (India), Gad Tidhar (Israel), and Sun Xa Experiment (South Africa). The lyrics are in languages Kannada and Zulu. Mix & master : Pramath Kiran at Laya Digi Studios, Bangalore. Cover art : Vinod Gowda.
“The Big Picture” is inspired by the feeling when, in the midst of a raging conflict, you suddenly catch a glimpse of the bigger picture. At that moment, everything falls into place and starts to make sense. You realize how insignificant it is to hold on to the struggle. This song embodies the feeling of confidence and strength that comes over you when you suddenly know what you can do. Each of the four artists involved brings their own unique touch to this composition, creating a colorful blend of Jazz and classical Indian music.
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