57 minutes | Oct 23rd 2020

61. Chowdiah and the Music of Mysore

Musician and Museum Director Manasi Prasad joins host Pavan Srinath to talk about the life and work of Mysore T Chowdiah (1885 – 1967), violin maestro, innovator, composer and teacher of Carnatic music. Manasi also discusses the larger role of Mysore in music and performing arts over the last two centuries, and locates Chowdiah within it. She also shares Chowdiah’s compositions, which have not received their due before now. 

Manasi spear-headed the creation of the Mysore T Chowdiah Project – www.chowdiah.com, with support from the Indian Music Experience and the Shankar Mahadevan Academy’s Archive to Alive programme. 

The Chowdiah Project is also hosting a worldwide music competition for violinists and vocalists called Smarane, which is open for submissions till November 15, 2020. 

The Indian Music Experience Museum also currently crowdsourcing funding from the public. Visit their website to learn more about how you can help.

Visit the Bangalore International Centre website for all the links to the archive, the music, the competition, and more.

Manasi Prasad is a noted classical vocalist from Bangalore and the Museum Director of the Indian Music Experience - India's first hi-tech interactive music museum. Manasi has learnt Carnatic classical music from renowned gurus such as RK Padmanabha in Bangalore and Sriram Parasuram in Chennai. She started performing concerts at the age of 9 and since then has performed widely across India and in 6 continents around the world. Manasi is a recipient of several awards in music, including the prestigious Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar from the Sangeet Natak Akademi, Govt. of India.