Indie Music with
GATHA & ANIRUDH
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Gatha (Flora) Akashkamini is a 21-year-old recent graduate, with a wide platter of interests. She is a singer/songwriter and, in free time, prefers reading novels, writing poetry and experimenting with cooking. Trained in Indian classical music, she now performs modern and traditional music, and has an impressive repertoire to her credit. Gatha takes great pride in her mountain heritage and is spontaneous and straightforward. In the colourful world through her eyes, Gatha tries to emanate what's within – delicate, fragrant and intricate like a flower (flora) – and, like John Lennon, dreams of positive change around her.
Gatha Akashkamini - Vocals
Anirudh Varma - Keys
Anirudh Varma is a 22 year old composer, arranger, and a Grade 8 pianist from the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music, London, from where he is currently working on his diploma, and was the former president of Swaranjali – The Music Society of Hansraj College. He is also pursuing a postgraduate degree in “Performance Studies” from Ambedkar University, Delhi where his research interests include standardization and digitization of the contemporary Indian music industry.
Anirudh began his training in keyboards at the age of six and within a few months of learning under Mr Ritesh Khokhar he had composed his first piece ‘Wailors Fiesta’. He has learnt the pianoforte with Ms Lothunglo Mozhui and is currently training under Mr. Hosie Palamkote.
Inspired by the independent music scene and encouraged by his grandfather Mr. S.N. Varma, Anirudh trained in Indian classical music under Mr Manas Majumdar. His grandfather has been Anirudh’s guru and constant mentor – he appreciates Anirudh’s contemporary interpretation of Indian classical ragas and has helped him to understand the subtle simplicity of Indian classical music.
Anirudh is gifted with a natural technique at the piano which has been further polished under the expert guidance of his teachers. Apart from being a fluent reader of sheet music, he has a strong ear and can produce most music by simply hearing it. There is very strong visible influence of Indian classical music in many of his compositions. As his fingers dance effortlessly on the keys the audience is amazed at his musical expression. His unique technique and interpretation may leave purists in despair, but it is gets him much appreciation and applause.
Anirudh gave his first public performance at the age of six, and since then has had several solo and group performances. He has played with the Delhi based ensemble ‘The House of Symphony’, and with bands like Raagleela, Plok, Cobbled Street, Stellar Teller and Nuur in the past. He is presently playing with Delhi based, fusion ensemble, ‘The Hansraj Projekt’.
Anirudh released his debut EP (extended play) “Melancholic Rhapsody” in early 2016. The record combines elements of Western classical, contemporary jazz, and Indian Classical music. It can be found on platforms such as, iTunes, OkListen, Amazon, Google Music, Saavn etc.
He has worked as a composer and music arranger in projects such as the title song for Delhi government's "Roopantar" project under "Sarva Siksha Abhiyan” scheme and music for Gurgaon’s community radio station ‘Gurgaon Ki Awaaz’. He also contributed to the background score of a documentary film as part of a program on Citi Global Encounters, screened at the Carnegie Hall, USA. He has also worked as a teaching artist, and composer with Delhi based NGO Music Basti.
Anirudh has led music societies at both school and college to victory in various competitions at the national level. He is presently working on a collaborative project with eminent Hindustani classical vocalist Pandit Sarathi Chatterjee, and Ujwal Nagar, and on a flute piano duo album with the talented Delhi based classical Flautist Ritesh Prasanna.