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The Sacred Music of South India: Carnatic Music Concert with Emmanuelle Martin
The Sea of Glass Center for the Arts
Tucson, AZ
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The Sacred Music of South India: Carnatic Music Concert with Emmanuelle Martin
"The Sacred Music of South India" is a concert of classical Carnatic singing and music, and is currently touring Arizona  and the southwest. Featuring vocalist Emmanuelle Martin, these concerts are performed in traditional style, with musicians on violin, mridangam (drum) and tambura surrounding the vocalist in a seated fashion. It is the hypnotizing beauty of the singing which both sets the stage and invokes the sacred mood of this music.

About Emmanuelle Martin

Emmanuelle Martin is a French native who has excelled as one of a rare few Westerners to undertake an apprenticeship to this demanding and ancient art form. Growing up with parents classically trained in Western music, from before she could talk Emmanuelle was surrounded by the practice and appreciation of music with merit. By age 4 she had started Western musical training. Her father, as well as being classically trained in Western music, practiced and taught Carnatic singing, the classical music of southern India, but it was a style of music that didn't interest Emmanuelle  until a vocal teacher from India came to visit. After a couple hours in his workshop, hearing his pure expression of Carnatic music, something shifted in her. She was irrevocably hooked.

At the age of 19, she moved to Chennai, India to devote herself to the art of Carnatic singing, and she lived there for nearly 10 years, studying with renowned music master T. M. Krishna. Carnatic music is passed down orally from teacher to student in a millennia-old tradition of discipline and commitment. She now travels between India, France and the United States performing, teaching and continuing her own training, driven by a profound commitment to her art.

Since starting to perform publicly in 2012, Emmanuelle has performed at the Raaga Tapasya Sacred Music Festival in Pondichery, India, for Shivaratri Festival in Chennai, India, and at main venues for the Madras Music Season in Chennai, the largest and most prestigious Carnatic music event in the world; she's one of the few Westerners to participate in the festival. She's performed in Lyon, France, Paris, France, Brussels, Belgium, and at the Prescott Center for the Arts in Arizona, as well as various private concerts in all three countries.

About Carnatic music

Carnatic music is one of the oldest musical forms still being practiced today, with roots in ancient Hindu musical traditions of the 12th century. With a foundation in Indian styles of raga (melodic modes) and tala (rhythmic cycles), centered around the voice and the interplay of vocals with the mrdangam (drum) and violin, Carnatic music blends complex devotional compositions and intricate improvisation.

In her dedication to the expression of this divine art, Emmanuelle evokes the beauty and power of centuries of cultural and musical tradition, with years of discipline and practice infusing each heart-opening note. The tender strength of her voice encompasses both the vast depth of the art form and the intimacy of the heart. When performers like Emmanuelle bring classical art to life, the modern milieu is transcended and the beauty and vitality of the ancient world is re-awakened for today.


The Sea of Glass Center for the Arts (View)
330 E. 7th St.
Tucson, AZ 85705
United States


Music > All Ages
Music > Spiritual
Music > World

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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