“This is one-of-a-kind music recording and listening session. We believe in a small and intimate setting and this one is going even further — we will have no stage and the audience will sit around the artists. The artists and the audience will be sitting together in the recording hall and rasikas will get to listen to the concert in close proximity. We are not changing the content but the format will be different — each session will have three sets of 45-minute duration that will feature long and short kritis, some of which are requested by the followers,” says Mahesh Venkateswaran, founder of MadRasana.
What’s unique about this session is that the audience will listen to the music through their own headphones. The organisers were inspired by US-based jazz group called Snarky Puppy where the musicians and the audience sit in the same room and the audience listen to the whole session via headsets.
“This is the first time such a concept is introduced in India. This is one of the ways in which we can enhance the listening experience. Those who are interested need to bring their headphones and we will give the output from the console so they can listen to what is getting recorded. The audience can also choose to listen to it over the air with no amplification. They will be given three different types of the audio mix for each of the three sets,” he explains.
The sessions titled MadRasana workout series will be held on April 20 and 21 at NDC Studios in Besant Nagar. “The venue is a one-of-a-kind place very similar to a preview theatre environment. The audience is free to select seating of their choice. Sriranjani Santhanagopalan (vocal) will be performing on April 20 and Ashwin Srinivasan (Hindustani flute) and Ramana Balachandran (veena),” Mahesh shares about the music session.