Performer Profile: Vidyasagar Vankayala

Rooted in the ancient VedicĀ  hymns, Carnatic Music is one of two major systems of music from India. Carnatic music represents the classical form of music from Southern India.

Performing at Diwali Downtown on Sunday October 23 at The Roundhouse, the Sangeetamaruti Arts Academy group is led by Dr. Vidyasagar Vankayala, a well-known performer and teacher of Carnatic music in the Lower Mainland. He has performed extensively in several international venues. The performance today also features four young performers who are all currently learning Carnatic music from Vidyasagar. The music uses the voice as the main performance medium, with a very complex system of Ragams (modes) and Talams (Rhythmic Structures). The compositions used cover a range of themes including devotion, philosophy, romance and descriptive poetry.

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