Walthamstow Garden Party, attended by nearly 35,000 people for free will see 'amazing' music by Jyotsna and her students

Indian-origin ace violinist Jyotsna Srikanth's new composition to premiere at Walthamstow Garden Party

Archana Venkatraman

Indian violinist and composer, Jyotsna Srikanth, who lives in London has been commissioned by Arts Council England and Walthamstow Acoustic Massive (WAM) to compose an original piece of music called Mohanaa Dance. The new work will be premiered at the annual Walthamstow Garden Party on Saturday 18th July 2015 at Lloyd Park from 2.30pm onwards.

Veteran violinist Jyotsna Srikanth practising ahead of her big performance at the Walthamstow Garden Party attended by nearly 35,000 visitors
Picture courtesy: Jo Dale Life Photography

Jyotsna Srikanth has been billed as “Britain’s finest violinist of Indian classical music” and “An immense musical talent and intelligence” by art and music critics in the UK. Born in a Carnatic musical family, Jyotsna started training before she was five years old and performed her first solo concert at the age of nine. A pathologist by profession, Jyotsna has played in many south Indian films and Bollywood, working with veterans like Ilaiyaraaja.

Talented indian origin violinist and music composer Jyotsna Srikanth training her students in London
Picture courtesy: Jo Dale Life Photography

Since she moved to London after her marriage, Jyotsna has achieved a grading from the Royal College of Music in London. In 2008, she was honoured with a Fellowship in Carnatic Music from the Trinity College of Music, London. In London, she has performed at the venerated BBC Proms as well as global music events such as WOMAD and Cleveland Music Festival. She has also delivered a lecture at Cambridge University and Liverpool University about the difference in techniques between Indian classical and western classical violin.

Jyotsna Srikanth's students practicing as part of WAM for the Walthamstow garden Party on July 18th

She will perform as part of WAM at the free and family friendly event – Walthamstow Garden party – a music, food and art festival-party event attended by almost 35,000 people. It marks WAM's second annual performance at the party after its first concert was a successful stint as part of the BBC Music Day in Walthamstow.

Walthamstow Garden Party is organized by The Barbican along with Waltham Forest Council to offer a two day festival filled with music events, theatre performances, circus and film screenings for the fans in summer. Visitors will also have opportunity to taste food from around the world as well as meet local artists.

This year, WAM's concert will be a mixture of classic and contemporary songs adapted in WAM’s distinctive style and played by a unique combination of musical instruments such as the violin, ukulele and banjo.

"Jyotsna Srikanth is an experienced violinist and composer, known for her versatility and her excellent technique. Her musical style is influenced by Indian music and inspired by contemporary and international sounds," said WAM organisers adding, "We delighted that some of her students will join us on stage to perform WAM in the debut performance."

Among Jyotsna's other notable achievements in the UK are the foundation Dhruva that she started to help upcoming Indian artistes to perform in the UK as well as raise funds for good causes. Jyotsna is now the Artistic Director of Dhruv Arts, the South-Asian arts organisation based in East London. In 2012, Jyotsna organised the London International Arts Festival (LIAF), to showcase Carnatic music and dance performances from and India.


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