I sing a vast repertoire of bhakti, sufi and nirguni traditions from across South Asia. Abhang, Kabir, Nath, Vachana, Baul – these are some of the streams that converge in my music. Stylistically, the music draws both the folk traditions I immerse in, and the classical training I have had over the years. I also collaborate with different artists and instrumentalists to create a rich and diverse listening experience.

The warikari tradition of Maharashtra and the Kabir traditions of Madhya Pradesh have formed the core of my practice for the last 7 years. I sing both traditional songs from the oral tradition, and songs that have disappeared from sung traditions, but that exist in text. Songs by women, marginalised communities, and songs which are different from our assumptions of tradition are ones that I am especially drawn to, and ones that I need to compose and arrange in order to perform.

My practice is rooted in tradition, but constantly looks to question notions of both the self and the world. This often means a change in form, presentation, interpretation, or more internally, process. With co-musicians and co-artists, I strive to make work that is inclusive of their signature style, and try and collectively work towards a new song or production.

I regularly perform both in India and abroad, at festivals and concert halls, but also at house baithaks, black box theatres, and intimate outdoor settings. I have performed to vastly varied audiences – from village melas, academic settings and spiritual gatherings to gender circles and music conferences. It is delightful to see how the music, coupled with poetry, can mould itself to different settings and trigger both deep joy and thought.

I have been a grantee of the India Foundation for the Arts, and been awarded scholarships, fellowships and residencies by Sahapedia, Art Omi and Indonesian Arts and Culture Scholarship. My work has been critically acclaimed, and I have been interviewed by most leading press houses in the country. All these have enabled me to expand the breadth of my music. My commitment towards deepening my practice has taken me to some of the finest folk-spiritual musicians and teachers of this country, mostly in rural areas from Maharashtra to Malwa to Bengal. I continue to learn and teach, and shine a light on some of the finest music rooted in this land.

Key Performances:

  • Jaipur Literature Festival (Colorado, Houston 2019)
  • Kochi Muziris Biennale (2019)
  • National Center for Performing Arts (2017, 2019)
  • India Habitat Center (2017)
  • Temple for Fine Arts Singapore (2018)
  • Raga Forum for Indian Music, Vienna (2016)
  • Mahindra Kabira Festival (2018)
  • Malwa Kabir Yatra (2015-2020)
  • Indian Cultural Foundation (2016, 2017, 2019)
  • Bhubaneswar Sufi Music Festival (2016)
Performing in Jheeni

Major Works:

  • Dancing with Jogis (2019) – A celebration of syncretism in South Asian mystic music
    Shruthi Vishwanath, Shruteendra Katagade, Dnyaneshwar Sonawane/Yuji Nakagawa
  • The Ant that Swallowed the Sun (2018) – A celebration of women’s poetry
    Shruthi Vishwanath, Sanjukta Wagh, Hitesh Dhutia, Vinayak Netke
  • Vithu Mazha (2018) – Women Warikari Voices
    Shruthi Vishwanath, Shruteendra Katagade, Yuji Nakagawa, Vedanth Bharadwaj
  • Jheeni (2016) – A weave of bhakti poetry in music, dance and spoken word
    Shruthi Vishwanath, Sanjukta Wagh, Hitesh Dhutia, Vinayak Netke
  • Qawwali (2016) – non-traditional qawwali explorations
    Devnarayan Saroliya, Shruthi Vishwanath, Vedanth Bharadwaj, Vijay Tipaniya, Ajay Tipaniya
  • Exploring Gyaneshwar (2016) – Songs and stories of the poet
    Shruthi Vishwanath, Shruteendra Katagade, Yuji Nakagawa
  • Waari (2015) – Abhangs of Maharashtra
    Shruthi Vishwanath, Vedanth Bharadwaj, Shruteendra Katagade
  • Tarawangsa and Voice (2015) – Indonesian scales, strings and songs
    Shruthi Vishwanath, Teguh Permana, Wisnu Ridwan
  • Sagun-Nirgun (2014) – Abhang, Nath, Kabir
    Shruthi Vishwanath, Bindhumalini, Vedanth Bharadwaj, Ajay Tipaniya
Vithu Mazha Premiere, Pune