Nada Vipanchi believes that art and culture are essential ingredients to develop future generations. To nurture these essential elements, Nada Vipanchi organizes a variety of events throughout the year. The following events provide opportunities for performers and enthusiasts to create and enjoy carnatic music. See past festival recordings on Nada Vipanchi YouTube channel.
We want to know from North American artists and students who would like to perform or volunteer in Nada Vipanchi events.
Vaggeyakara Vaibhavam is Nada Vipanchi’s flagship festival celebrated every year in March to pay tribute to all great composers. The festival features thematic group concerts. Thematic concert performers highlight the sahityam (lyrics) of compositions and explain the context or related anecdotes. Each concert group is composed of three or more melody artists, with at least one vocal performer singing the krithis chosen for the concert theme. If melody instrumental performers (violin, veena, flute, keyboard etc.) are part of the group, they should be prepared to play all of the selected krithis along with the vocalist(s) and perform throughout the thematic concert (as opposed to accompanying the concert).
See photos and videos from 2019 Vaggeyakara Vaibhavam (Courtesy: Smt Subha and Sri Sridharan Nambi)
Application for Vaggeyakara Vaibhavam thematic group concerts are accepted between September and November. See Guidelines for Vaggeyakara Vaibhavam proposals.
Short concert presentations
Nada Vipanchi encourages students to perform and advance in their musical journey. Short concerts that range from 15 to 30 minutes are held as part of Chamber Concerts, Navaratri Aradhana, Himotsavam, Veenotsavam, and RTP-in-RTP concert festivals. Students who are at the advanced level may apply with a performance recording that shows their talent and level of learning. Those who have demonstrated talent in rendering alapana, neraval, and swaram will be considered for 30 minute concerts.
As part of Chamber Concerts, Navaratri Aradhana, Himotsavam, Veenotsavam & Dikshithar Aradhana, longer concerts of 1 - 1.5 hour duration are featured. Students who have presented such longer concerts in forums like the iCarnatic festival, the Cleveland Aradhana, or equivalent forums may apply with a recent video recording.
Held during the Memorial Day weekend each year, RTP-in-RTP offers Ragam-Thanam-Pallavi concerts in the Research Triangle Park (RTP) area. Performers who have presented pallavi concerts in the iCarnatic festival, Cleveland Aradhana, or equivalent forums may apply with a video recording.
Jamming events provide an informal, fun-filled forum for peer-to-peer learning of manodharmam (improvisation) and confidence building. Vipanchi Challenge Concerts (aka speed jamming on steroid) is a new initiative to elevate jamming to the concert stage. The vision is to catalyze main artists and accompanists to push themselves a bit further, prepare within a short window of time, and jam on stage to give a concert. Ask us if you want to learn more!
Volunteer to help run events
Passionate volunteers make all Nada Vipanchi events possible. We are always seeking volunteers. Contact us if you'd like to help. Volunteer donations make all Nada Vipanchi events possible. No donation is low; consider gifting a tax deductible donation using the Donate button on this website. Thank you.