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Emory welcomes former faculty member for Carnatic concert

March 2019
Emory welcomes former faculty member for Carnatic concert

 

(Left) Vocalist Prema Bhat, accompanied by her daughter Purnima.

Emory University was particularly delighted to host Carnatic vocalist Prema Bhat for a concert in Cannon Chapel on January 19, 2019, welcoming Prema back to Emory as she was a lecturer in the Department of Music at Emory from 1997-2006, where she directed the Carnatic music ensemble and taught Carnatic voice and theory of Indian classical music. Prema now lives in Tampa, Florida.

The concert was made possible through support from the Koppaka Family Foundation, which was established, in part, to preserve and promote Telugu classical arts. In 2015, the Koppaka Foundation established the Visweswara Rao and Sita Koppaka Professorship in Telugu and South Indian Cultures, Literatures, and History. Dr. Harshita Mruthinti Kamath currently holds this chair in the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies. The concert was dedicated to the memory of Mrs. Sita Rao Koppaka (1926-2017), the Foundation’s founder, and several song selections were “family favorites.”

Prema structured the concert, called “Enta Matramuna: You Are as One Imagines,” as a traditional concert, with opening varnam, a careful selection and ordering of ragas, improvisation, and a closing tillana and mangalam. She selected songs from important Carnatic composers in Sanskrit, Telugu, and Kannada.

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The Carnatic vocal concert was presented in Emory University’s Cannon Chapel. Dr. Ram Sriram, Prema Bhat, Purnima Bhat, and Ashwin Kalyan performing at Emory.

Dr. Ram Sriram, founder and president of the Carnatic Music Association of Georgia (CAMAGA), accompanied Prema on the mridangam. Ashwin Kalyan, currently a Ph.D. student at Georgia Tech, played the violin. Purnima Bhat, Prema’s daughter and a burgeoning musician herself, in both Carnatic vocal and violin and Western violin, provided accompaniment on the tambura and sang some songs with her mother.

A cold rainy night did not keep away a good audience of Emory students and faculty and members of the Atlanta community. The concert provided Emory students enrolled in classes, “Hindu Gods and Goddesses” and “Poetry of Gods & Kings: A Thousand Years of South Indian Literature,” the opportunity to engage with South Indian literary traditions and South Asian culture through the medium of performance, complementing their classroom studies of religious texts and practices.

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Videos:
“Prema Bhat, at Emory University, shloka's, Nannu brovamani Cheppave, Ramadasa song”
Prema Bhat, Published on Jan 27, 2019
Video clip from Prema Bhat's concert at the cannon Chapel, Emory University, Atlanta on 19th January, 2019.
Shloka on Ganesha, Raga Bhowli
Nannu brovamani cheppave ( Bhadrachala ramadasa song)
Kalyani Raga, Mishra chapu Tala
Prema Bhat (vocal)
Ashwin kalyan (Violin)
Dr Ram Sriram (Mridangam)
Purnima Bhat (vocals and Tambura)
Video courtesy Indira kadoor
Category Music
https://youtu.be/y7gilzQAzYM

 

“Prema Bhat, Emory Concert, Entamatramuna, Annamacharya song”
Prema Bhat, Published on Feb 2, 2019
Video clip from Prema Bhat's concert at the cannon Chapel, Emory University, Atlanta on 19th January, 2019.
Song: Entamatramuna
Raga : Brindavani, Mayamalavagowla
Tala: Mishra chapu
Composer: Annamacharya
Prema Bhat (vocal)
Ashwin Kalyan (Violin)
Dr Ram Sriram (Mridangam)
Purnima Bhat (vocals and Tambura)
Video courtesy Indira kadoor
Category Music
https://youtu.be/uhOxZPkosDk

 

“Prema Bhat, Emory University concert, Ninnu kori Varnam, Vasantha”
Video clip from Prema Bhat's concert at the cannon Chapel, Emory University, Atlanta on 19th January, 2019.
Prema Bhat (vocal)
Ashwin kalyan (Violin)
Dr Ram Sriram (Mridangam)
Purnima Bhat (vocals and Tambura)
Video courtesy Indira kadoor
https://youtu.be/X2oVp6eFY2I

 

“Prema Bhat, Emory Concert, Govardhana Giridhara, NarayanaTheertha”
Prema Bhat
Published on Jan 29, 2019
Video clip from Prema Bhat's concert at the cannon Chapel, Emory University, Atlanta on 19th January, 2019.
Song: Govardhana Giridhara
Raga Darbari kanada
Adi tala
Composer: Sri NarayanaTheertha
Prema Bhat (vocal)
Ashwin kalyan (Violin)
Dr Ram Sriram (Mridangam)
Purnima Bhat (vocals and Tambura)
Video courtesy Indira kadoor
Category Music
https://youtu.be/RINfkYUBbMg

 

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More on Prema Bhat
Prema Bhat joined the Emory Music Department as a vocalist in the Carnatic style of classical music of India in 1997. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music and also a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Sociology, and History. She learned music from Sri Kanchana Narayana Bhat, later from M.Srinath Marathe (faculty, All India Radio, Mangalore) and recently from Neela Ramgopal. She is a graded artist at the All India Radio, Mangalore. From 1993 to 1997 she was also a host for the "Sangeet" program, which broadcasts classical music from the Indian Sub-continent, at Princeton Radio, Princeton, New Jersey. She has given numerous concerts in India and the United States and also conducted workshops on Indian classical music in universities and schools. She directed the Carnatic music program at Emory from 1997-2006, teaching theory and voice on Indian classical music.
--based on http://www.students.emory.edu/HSC/bhat.html


 

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