The members of the Navatman Music Collective (NMC) are practicing hard and looking forward to performing at NYC's Drive East Festival on August 24th. Read on to learn more about this group, its members and what makes its music so special.
We are New Yorkers. We are busy. We don’t like to waste time on something that doesn’t excite, engage, or enrich us in some significant way. And so, two and a half years ago in early 2014 when a few of us were told that Navatman was starting a “Carnatic Choir”, we weren’t overly excited. We’d heard Carnatic Choirs before and our opinions of them were, well, unflattering. But we showed up anyway, around eight of us, one cold winter’s night, at a studio in midtown Manhattan for our first session. We went for one simple, but powerful reason: we were interested in Carnatic music. No, that doesn’t even come close to expressing it adequately. We were passionately in love with this music, this glorious classical form from southern India that is timeless and touches and captivates anybody who engages with it.