IFA@Pune & Phaltan: Performance: Songs of the Women Warikari Poets by Shruthi Vishwanath | March 03 & 06, 2018

India Foundation for the Arts
invites you to
A Performance of Vithu Mazha—Songs of the Women Warikari Poets
composed and sung by Shruthi Vishwanath
Saturday, March 03, 2018 | 06:00 PM | TIFA Working Studios
No 12A Connaught Road, next to Vijay Sales, Sadhu Vaswani Chowk, Pune - 411 001
Tuesday, March 06, 2018 | 06:00 PM | Sant Gnyaneshwar Mandir
Deccan Chowk, near State Bank of India, Phaltan - 415 523

IFA is delighted to present a performance of Vithu Mazha—Songs of the Women Warikari Poets, composed and sung by Shruthi Vishwanath, with Shruteendra Katagade on the tabla and Yuji Nakagawa on the sarangi, poet Shrenik Mutha and the performance will be anchored by theatre person Vandana Khare.

Shruthi musically interprets and brings into performance the abhangs of women warikari saints. Abhangs are spiritual poems usually dedicated to the deity Vithoba or Vittala of Pandharpur and sung in the regions of Maharashtra and north Karnataka. They are integral to the warikari pilgrimage and the warikari movement, which began in the late 13th century with the poet and saint Gnyaneshwar, and, continues to the present day. For this project, Shruthi studied and composed the works of women warikari poets, setting music to over 20 abhangs which have over time been lost from the aural traditions of the practice. The poems range in tone from absolute devotion to rebellion, and have been musically interpreted keeping in mind their meaning.

Shruthi Vishwanath is a Musician, Educator, and Composer based in Pune. With a background in Carnatic and Hindustani music, she has also trained in abhangs and works on individual and collaborative music projects.

There will also be a performance on Sunday, March 04, 2018 at 05:00 PM at Somaiya Centre for Lifelong Learning, 2nd Floor, Somaiya Bhavan, M G Road, Fort, Mumbai - 400 001

This project received support from India Foundation for the Arts, under the Arts Practice programme.