22 Apr 2023, Sat, 3pm & 7.30pm
Esplanade Recital Studio
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A musical production conceived and created by Sushma Soma. This version of HOME presented as part of the SIFAS Festival of Arts 2023 at the Esplanade is an extension of her critically acclaimed album HOME, which she created with American composer and musician Aditya Prakash.
HOME follows the journey of Sushma Soma, as she reflects on her relationship with nature, environment, wildlife and consumer choices. From sharing her gratitude and love for the planet to disappointment and rage in the current state of the world, she also calls out her own complicity in the destruction of the natural world and the discrimination of the world around her that arises from her privilege.
Created with a unique soundscape, HOME brings together art forms one would not normally see on the same stage - Karnatik, Nadaswaram and Parai. From embodying the cry of an elephant, to protesting our collective destruction, to taking a playful jibe at mankind - voices and instruments come together with soundscapes from our everyday lives to take the audience through a journey that is familiar and yet challenging - hoping to shake one out of their apathy.
HOME is not just a story of one person, but it is the story of all of us and this beautiful, intricate and intelligent planet which we humans are lucky to inhabit with other incredible beings.
This performance of HOME was created in collaboration with multi-percussionist and music producer Praveen Sparsh.
SIFAS Festival of Arts 2023 in Collaboration with Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay as part of Raga Series presents HOME featuring Sushma Soma on vocals, Adyar D Balasubramani on Nadaswaram, N Deepan on Parai, M Rajendran on Thamuru, Sumesh Narayanan on Percussion and M Vijay on Satti.
They will be joined by MT Aditya Srinivasan on sound design, Mythili Prakash on dramaturgy and Jaya Rathakrishnan on script.
Adyar D Balasubramani - Nadaswaram
Jaya Rathakrishnan - Script
Jaya Rathakrishnan is a Singaporean bilingual screenwriter for local Indian television programmes in Singapore. She has written several screenplays for television dramas, including Mani, Parambarai, Vettai (Pledged to Hunt) and Vyjayanthi—all of which went on to bag several awards. Parambarai was also critically acclaimed overseas.
Jaya has worked with Eaglevision, Mediacorp since 2001 with eleven years of experience in television production and screenwriting. She started off as an assistant producer and started specialising in writing and producing thereafter.
M Rajendran - Thamuru
M Vijay - Satti
MT Aditya Srinivasan - Sound
M T Aditya Srinivasan is no stranger to the stage, having accompanied several renowned Indian classical musicians in concerts, such as Bombay Jayashri, M Balamuralikrishna, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Rakesh Chaurasia, Anuradha Sriram, Sriram Parasuram, Unnikrishnan, Ranjani-Gayatri, and Anil Srinivasan.
A graduate of the Berklee College of Music and a Fellow of The Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship, Berklee College of Music, Aditya performed as a multi-percussionist with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, sharing the stage with the Berklee Indian Ensemble, Danilo Perez, Antonio Sanchez and other members of Paco de Lucia’s band, Bruno Raberg, and Allan Chase.
A recipient of the prestigious IRAA award in both 2019 and 2020, the latest in Aditya’s list of achievements is working with famed composers Anirudh Ravichander, Vidyasagar, and Sean Roldan on various successful projects.
Mythili Prakash - Dramaturg
Mythili Prakash belongs to a new generation of classical Indian dancers. She is one of the most celebrated and respected young bharatanatyam dancer-choreographers today. A second generation Indian and American artist, Mythili has positioned herself as a global and cosmopolitan artist through her unique experiences and collaborations. Her repertoire is an embodiment of narratives of the many worlds that shape her.
Raised in Los Angeles, she grew up in an environment filled with dance and music, under the watchful eye of her mother and teacher dance exponent Viji Prakash. Mythili began her performing career with her solo debut in India at the age of eight and has since performed extensively in prestigious venues and festivals throughout the world. She has studied with several legendary stalwarts from India and is trained and mentored by iconic artists Malavika Sarukkai and Akram Khan.
Nominated by Akram Khan as “choreographer of the future” for UK-based Dance Umbrella’s Four by four commissions, Mythili premiered her solo work HERE and NOW at their 2019 Festival. In 2021 she received the National Dance Project Touring Grant from NEFA for She’s Auspicious, which previewed in Hamburg at the Reflektor Festival curated by musician Anoushka Shankar.
Mythili was also a principal dancer in Akram Khan Company’s Outwitting the Devil, which toured internationally.
In 2022, she created a trilogy of pieces, beginning with AR | DHA – a commission for the 90th anniversary festival of Jacob’s Pillow, and concluding with ONE | ALL for Festival in Motion, one of the first-of-its-kind site-specific dance festivals in Qatar, surrounding the World Cup 2022.
N Deepan - Parai
Sumesh Narayanan - Percussion
One of the most gifted and sought after Carnatic percussionists of the current generation, Sumesh Narayanan has trained with mridangam Maestro Sangita Kalanidhi Dr Thiruvaarur Bakthavathsalam for two decades and continues to learn from him.
Sumesh is a rare combination of a musician who aspires to master the rich traditions of the mridangam oeuvre in the Carnatic style while retaining an open and larger world view, which allows him to be part of many innovative and cross disciplinary ventures to which he is a vital contributor and much admired for his ideas and energetic playing.
Sumesh is also one of the creative directors of Sound Creed LLP, a record label company that aspires to create musical and artistic experiences that unifies the universal language of art and establish a strong dialogue between the collaborators and the collaborations.
Sushma Soma - Vocals, Composer, Creator
Sushma Soma is an award-winning Karnatik vocalist. Recognised as one of the passionate ‘youths driving positive change through their actions’ and as one of the ’10 women leaders in music’ in Singapore, Sushma was awarded the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council, the highest honour for young arts practitioners in Singapore.
As a collaborator and soloist, Sushma has performed in some of the world-renowned stages and festivals including Kalaa Utsavam in Singapore, The Madras Music Academy, Kabira Festival in Varanasi, Jaipur Lit Fest, with Mythili Prakash at the Festival in Motion curated under the Qatar Creates series of performances for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and Reflektor Festival curated by Anoushka Shankar at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, amongst others.
Sushma is a part time lecturer at the National Institute of Education in Singapore and is a member on the advisory panel for the Singapore International Festival of Arts.
Sushma's recent works focus on raising awareness about the environment and sustainability and finding her voice to express the same through her Karnatik training.
Her album HOME, created with American composer and musician Aditya Prakash, received critical acclaim. Reviewed as “One of the finest albums about environment and wildlife…”, tracks from HOME also featured in BBC Radio, Songlines Magazine, RollingStone India and NHK Japan. The editor in chief of Songlines, Simon Broughton, also called HOME a “powerful statement about what we are doing to our planet and our environment.”
Following her release of HOME, Sushma sang in the production The Jungle Book Reimagined, produced by Akram Khan Company. The production reinvented the journey of Mowgli through the eyes of a refugee caught in a world devastated by the impact of climate change. Sushma also released a single with the label 99Chants on their latest album, Imaginary Landscapes, which seeks to raise awareness for climate change and sustainable solutions.
22 Apr 2023, Sat
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