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LFL Music of the World: Malvika Sriram
Garden Gate Creativity Center
Berkeley, CA
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LFL Music of the World: Malvika Sriram
About Malvika Sriram
Malvika Sriram is receiving training in Carnatic Music from the Oscar Nominated Musician / Singer Dr. Bombay Jayashri Ramnath. She is also receiving advanced laya and swarakalpana training from the Flute Maestro Shri Shashank
Subramainan. During the course of her music training she has been fortunate to receive training and motivations from multiple musical stalwarts.

Malvika has a keen interest in music and enjoys all forms of music. She has received training in Hindusthani music from Shri Nachiketa Sharma. Malvika also sings western pop music. She enjoys mixing and creating her own music. Malvika is a Sophomore at Lynbrook High School San Jose and she is part of the Lynbrook High School Choir. Malvika has been part of the Sustaining Sampradaya program in Cleveland music festival.

Malvika has helped raise funds for Lynbrook's music department by presenting a thematic vocal concert in collaboration with upcoming youth musicians in the silicon valley. She has also performed for the senior center in the bay area. Malvika sriram is the founder of VRKSHAA an organization to promote fine arts in the youth. VRSHAA has a national charter with branches in other parts of the
United States.

Recently she has also raised funds for the Temple in Concord CA. Malvika continues to perform at several venues all around the US and abroad. Malvika has been an active performer of the listen to life project which is a global
family of music listeners, performers, and producers, working together to restore music as an enriching channel of communication worldwide.

About the art:
Carnatic music is a system of  classical music commonly associated with the southern part of the Indian subcontinent. It is one of two main sub-genres of Indian classical music that evolved from ancient Hindu traditions; the other sub-genre being Hindustani music.  In contrast to Hindustani music, the main emphasis in Carnatic music is on vocal music; most compositions are written to be sung.
Although there are stylistic differences, the basic elements of śruti (the relative musical pitch), swara (the musical sound of a single note), rāga (the mode or melodic formulæ), and tala (the rhythmic cycles) form the foundation of improvisation and composition in both Carnatic and Hindustani music. Improvisations play an important role in  Carnatic music but it is mainly sung through compositions, especially the kriti (or kirtanam)  a form developed between the 14th and 20th centuries.
Carnatic music is usually performed by a small ensemble of musicians, consisting of a principal performer (usually a vocalist), a melodic accompaniment (usually a violin), a rhythm accompaniment (usually a mridangam), and a tambura, which acts as a drone throughout the performance.  Various festivals are held throughout India and abroad which mainly consist of Carnatic music performances, like the Madras Music Season which has been considered as one of the world's largest cultural events.



Garden Gate Creativity Center (View)
2911 Claremont
Berkeley, CA 94705
United States

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