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Hasta Shilpa Trust, Manipal announces a new performance initiative, Music at Mudhol.

Hasta Shilpa Trust, Manipal announces Music at Mudhol, an initiative to enhance the public appreciation of built-heritage from a performance perspective. The initiative will host a performance at the regal structure, Mudhol Palace Darbar Hall, at Hasta Shilpa Heritage Village. On January 20th, Priya Purushothaman, Hindustani vocalist from Mumbai, will perform at Hasta Shilpa Heritage Village at 6.45 pm. This is a special tour with musical performance.. There are only a limited number of seats (including baithak and chairs) due to the restricted inner confines of the Darbar Hall. Advance purchase of Entry Pass is recommended.


Priya is a disciple of Vidushi Aditi Upadhya, Bengaluru, and has received specialized training from the late Pt Dinkar Kaikini, stalwart of Agra Gharana, and Smt Shashikala Kaikini. Currently, she is being guided by Pandit Sudhindra Bhaumik in Mumbai. Priya has performed all over the world for the past fifteen years at renowned spaces including National Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai; Kalakshetra, Chennai; India International Centre, Delhi; Jaganmohan Palace, Mysore as well as in London, New York and Chicago. She is the author of the book Living Music: Conversations With Pandit Dinkar Kaikini.

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Priya is accompanied by Prasad Kamath on Harmonium and Sagar Bharathraj on Tabla.       


Sagar was born and brought up in Calicut, Kerala. He started learning tabla at a very young age, from his father, Sri V. Bharathraj, a very senior disciple of Sri Omkar Gulwady. Sagar is now continuing his taalim under the tutelage of tabla maestro Sri.Ravindra Yavagal. He is also blessed to be under the guidance of Smt. Aditi Kaikini Upadhya. A double gold medallist for B-Tech from NIT-Calicut and M-Tech from IISc Bangalore and also a national award winner for the best M-Tech thesis, he is currently pursuing a post-doctorate in Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.


Prasad Kamath H. started to learn music at the age of 7, under Vidwan Mahabhaleshwar Bhagwat. He is also privileged to be learning from the renowned harmonium maestro, Sri Sudhir Nayak, Mumbai. He has accompanied several renowned artists in classical and bhajan concerts. He is currently pursuing 4th year B-tech in mechanical engineering at NITK.



The Music at Mudhol initiative creates a new context of experience, different from the day tours of the Heritage Village, to further appreciate a regal structure within the context of the accompanying performance. It also gives form to the dream of its founder, the late Vijayanath Shenoy, of making the Heritage Village a cultural complex.

Performers in this series move away from the modern stage, conventionally used in classical performances, such as the formal auditorium, which separates the performer from the audience. Instead, it will re-appropriate a different ‘stage’ or performance context at Heritage Village, by using differentiated seating (both baithak and formal) with the aim of enhancing the appreciation of both built-heritage and performance.

The January performance will be held at Mudhol Palace Darbar Hall which will be specially lit for the evening, as yet another facet of this contextual experience. Darbar Hall is the Hall of Public Audience built in classic Maratha style of the early 19th century, and captured by the deceptively simple lines of this single-storeyed structure. Priya epitomizes these very features in her rendition style, whose simplicity masks the underlying complexity of her musical heritage, which encompasses classical western violin and Carnatic vocal music, along with an international acoustic experience.