Chitra SriKrishna – Creative Director & Vocals
With: Barry Chandler – Sutradar (Narrator) and Entrepreneur & Karthik Iyer – Violin & Sankaran Bhattathiripad – Mridangam
Antah Prerna is a musical telling of an entrepreneur’s journey. The multimedia project explores the journey of an entrepreneur from idea conception all the way to success and growth. It features an Irish entrepreneur as the narrator and music from across India in the Carnatic idiom. The program takes the audience through each stage of the entrepreneur’s roller-coaster journey-from the moment of inspiration, to ignoring naysayers, exhilaration and numerous setbacks to inevitable self-doubt. With the real-life story of an entrepreneur and timeless Indian classical songs, Antah Prerna has something for everyone.
A carnatic musician and writer, Chitra is the creator of BHAKTHI – the musical journey of the mystics and co-creator and musical director of HumRaag – the classical roots of Indian popular music. Chitra an AIR-graded artiste produces RaagTime, a radio program and Raga Ruminations, a podcast. Her writing is featured regularly in newspapers and magazines in India and the US.
Barry is a serial entrepreneur who has built 5 (and sold three) businesses. He specializes in business building, brand strategy, and storytelling. Barry believes that successful businesses and the happiest people are driven by purpose and this is the foundation of every great story. Barry, a native of Ireland, built his first business there and has since lived and worked in California, New York and Ohio.
Karthik Padmanabhan Iyer
Karthik Padmanabhan Iyer has been the disciple of Vidushi Lalgudi Smt.Vijayalakshmi for the past 11 years. Initiated in Carnatic Vocal music by Smt. Vasanthi Iyer of Chicago, he is continuing his Carnatic Vocal Music and Violin training under the tutelage of Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi, the daughter, and disciple of Violin Maestro Sri Lalgudi Jayaraman. After his Violin Arangetram in August 2016, Karthik has been performing Solo Violin concerts, Accompaniments and Jugalbandhis across the USA and in Chennai Margazhi Festival. Karthik is an incoming Junior at Metea Valley High School and is part of Chamber Strings – highest orchestra level program.
Sankaran Bhattathiripad is a talented and sensitive percussionist. A disciple of Sri E P Narayana Pisharody and Sri K Parameswaran Namboothiri (AIR Thrissur), he accompanies leading artists on mridangam.