Participants
Strisvara 2016














Maja Swedén

Sweden

Born in Gävle, into a music practicing family. Maja grew up listening to multiple genres of music, and participating in children’s choirs. Needless to say, music has always been a big interest. Maja started playing the trumpet at nine years of age, after seeing a concert with the Norwegian brass band The Brazz Brothers. She has played with marching, pop, and jazz bands. From the age of ten she has played in a children’s orchestra, that later turned into the marching band where she was the drum major for a couple of years. She was recruited in a jazz band, GUBB. She played second trumpet with them for four years, and also collaborated with well-known Swedish Jazz musicians for their album.

Shrijana Thapa Periyar

Nepal

Shrijana Thapa Periyar is from Kathmandu, Nepal. A professional singer, she was born in Dolakha District in a small village, which is 182.7 km to the east from the capital. She graduated in Music from the Lalit Kala Fine Art College, the only music college in Nepal. She started taking singing lessons from various eastern classical singers in Nepal from whom she learned Hindustani classical music. She qualifies in singing commercial songs and folk traditional music. She has also worked as a Hindustani classical instructor in Bangalore at the ICPA ‘International Centre for Performing Arts’ which was founded by Reshmi Nair Gosh. Presently, she is a music instructor in various private and social institutions in and around Kathmandu Valley.

Jenavieve Varga

USA

Jenavieve Varga is a performance violinist, composer, and roaming creative professional. A classically trained violinist since age 3, Jenavieve has performed with chamber orchestras, indy-rock bands, hip-hop supergroups, and Indian folk musicians. Her music is the fabric that binds her to the international music scene, where she bridges cultural divides, shedding light on the true meaning, importance, and relevance of world music in our media-rich modern age.

Larisa Ljungkrona

Sweden

is an accordion player born and based in Gothenburg, Sweden. She is a dynamic musician in every genre she attempts, and her influences gather Nordic, Scottish and European folk music, free and modal improvisation as well as more archaic music. Improvisation and personal expression are the cornerstones in her music and she is constantly searching new ways to challenge herself in her playing and composing. She played Nordic Folk Music in the dance-piece “The Big Noise” by Michael Keegan-Dolan at the Opera in Gothenburg, composed and performed music for the theater “Tirile, Tirile, Tu” by Marie Öhrn, and played in the theater-piece “Stenriket” by Maria Hörnelius with music by Stefan Forssén to mention a few.

Sara Illana Arias Cano

Spain

Sara Illana is a pianist and flautist from Spain. She studied classical music at Asturias in Spain where traditional music is very strong with bagpipes, the whistle and fiddles being heard everywhere. At the age of 17, she joined the Siero Chamber Orchestra and its project Vínculos (Bonds), a cooperation program in South America that involves music education. She has also collaborated with the music & social action project DaLaNota, on free musical and dance education for underprivileged children in Madrid, and its platform REDOMI (IberoAmerican Net of Music and Social Action Organizations).

Sangeetha Ravindranath

Mysore

Considered one of the fastest growing playback singer, Sangeetha Ravindranath has recorded songs for over 45 Kannada movies. Raised in Mysore, Karnataka, she has shown enormous talent and has been acclaimed by many renowned artists. Sangeetha is also a Grade B radio artist. Sangeetha Ravindranath has also been one of the top 10 contestants on the very popular Celebrity Dance Show “Dancing Star” Season 3, telecast on Colors Kannada.

Radhika Babu George

Cochin

is a percussion player who has played the genres of pop, rock, jazz and eastern music. She was the member of the Eastern Band in school and college, which won several prizes at School Youth Festivals. Radhika has completed the 8th Grade of Drums with distinction from the Trinity College, London and is currently the drummer of a Chennai based rock band Vertigo, and is also working as the percussion faculty at the Pavo School Of Music, Thiruvanmyur, Chennai. Radhika has given tabla performances at acclaimed hotels like The Hilton in Chennai. In addition to that, she has acted as a drummer and recorded for the Tamil musical movie Vaanavil Vazhkai directed by Mr. James Vasanthan in 2015.

Simran Ayanna

Mysore

Simran Ayanna is a drummer and vocalist from Mysore, India. Simran has more than 6 yrs. of experience and is multifaceted. She enjoys being flexible with different genres of music and performs because music gives her a sense of satisfaction and peace. She has been pursuing music part-time along with studying Hotel Management in the International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM), Bangalore.

Kalyaani Sakkarwal

Mumbai

Kalyaani is an independent singer- songwriter based in Mumbai. Kalyaani has a strong voice that is very expressive, echoing the earthiness of her native land Himachal, where she grew up. Resonating with causes such as environmental preservation and animal rights, she is the founding member of an independent band, Anantara, and has been playing extensively across Delhi and lately in Mumbai. She made her video debut with ‘5 Elements’, directing mass attention to the devastation caused by the Uttarakhand floods.

Amrapali Shindhe

Bangalore

is a young 20-yr old budding artist from Bangalore, who performs soul, R&B, jazz, pop and rock. She has been regularly active in the music circles ever since she released her first album ‘Basava in You’. She went on to win the ‘Radio Indigo Glam Jam’ with her band ‘Aalap’ and continued to win school and college fests thereafter. Being a student from the ‘Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music’, Her singing voice has been aired on Radio One and Radio Mirchi. Another huge success for her was doing an opening set for Arijit Singh’s concert in Bangalore (Phoenix Market City). She has been covered widely by the press such as Bangalore Mag, TOI, Bangalore Mirror, Prajavani, Vijay Karnataka and Deccan Herald.

Manjula

BR Hills

Manjula is a Soliga tribal musician from Biligiri Rangan Hills. She plays the Kamsale that are rhythmic brass musical instruments. Kamsale are played in pairs. Kamsale is also the name of a unique folk art performed by the devotees of God Mahadeshwara, the origin of which can be traced to the Mythological period. Manjula is an #ArtisteStrisvara and will be a part of a confluence of musical and cultural exchange with ten Indian Urban and International female musicians in a two-week program, planning out strategies to combine their talent and composing original music.

Kavya

BR Hills

Kavya is a talented female artiste from the Soliga tribe who sings and plays the Maddale, a percussion instrument from Karnataka and also the primary rhythmic accompaniment in a Yakshagana ensemble. Kavya is an #ArtisteStrisvara and will be lending her indigenous beats to a musical confluence with ten Indian Urban and International female musicians. This will strengthen the bond between urban and rural India as well as with other countries in the field of music.

Bhagya

BR Hills

Deep in nature’s secluded lap of Biligiri Rangan or BR Hills, Bhagya has acquired indigenous skills of traditional singing and tribal dancing. Being at the confluence of the Western Ghats and the Eastern Ghats, her upbringing has been far removed from the modern technology and superficial influences of music. She is a singer and dancer of the Soliga tribe, where music is still pure and dedicated to their rural soil, and musical beats have been preserved and passed down from centuries. Bhagya is an #ArtisteStrisvara and will be a part of a confluence of musical and cultural exchange with ten other Indian Urban and International female musicians, in a two-week program involving in- depth curation, mentorship and guided workshops.

Uma

BR Hills

Uma is a Soliga tribal artiste from the Biligiri Rangan Hills. She lives in the forests and became a singer and dancer celebrating “Doddasampige”, the holiest tree for all for the Soliga tribes and other local people. This tree is revered as Lord Shiva, with traditional dance rituals around the tree culminating into the festival of “Mahashivarathri”. Uma is an #ArtisteStrisvara and will be collaborating with 10 other Indian Urban and International female musicians to understand global influences and cultural exchanges of music and contributing women empowerment through music.

Padma

BR Hills

Padma is a tribal artiste from the Soliga tribe who lives in Yerakanagadde Colony, Biligiri Rangan Hills. Within the 400 sacred places in 540 square kilometres of this forest, Padma grew up playing the tamate with expertise. Padma is an #ArtisteStrisvara and will be collaborating with ten other Indian Urban and International female musicians, enabling a renaissance of fusion music collaborations between musicians from different backgrounds.