OneBeat Echoes – Strisvara

In September 2016, Arun Sivag and his team at TreeOnz launched a OneBeat-inspired creative collaboration residency with tribal, urban and international musicians called Strisvara. The aim of the program is to bring women together from these different backgrounds to build, create, perform and lead together, thereby supporting the careers of the individual musicians and launching collaborative projects for years to come. The program also celebrates the role of women in music, and explores this role from a tribal, urban and global lens.

The first Strisvara program consisted of an 18-day residency and 4-day tour, where musicians from USA, Sweden, and Nepal joined musicians from urban India, and native women from the B.R. Hills in Karnataka, who are musicians but did not consider themselves professionals. Together, they created new compositions, recorded tracks, made videos, and performed for large audiences. The group also included 2013 OneBeat alumna Malabika Brahma, and friend of OneBeat Jenavieve Varga.

The program resulted in six live performances — with a total audience close to 10,000 people! — along with seven tracks of original compositions, and a video documentary set to be released in winter 2017.

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