Akhila Ramnarayan is a writer, scholar, theatre actor, and singer-songwriter based in Chennai, India. She trained reluctantly from the age of 3 in Carnatic vocals with her mother and a slew of distinguished and hapless gurus who gave up in despair as she found ingenious ways to dodge lessons. Akhila went on to study, research, and teach literature for 15 years in Columbus, Ohio, where she sang in five different indie bands before she came back home to work in the performing arts and academia. In addition to creative pursuits, she is a professor of literature and Director of Undergraduate Education at Sai University, and serves as Executive Director of Chennai-based theatre group JustUs Repertory.
A multi-faceted, multi-genre musician, Vedanth Bharadwaj specialises in singing and playing the songs of saint poets from the bhakti and Sufi traditions. Vedanth has formally learnt Carnatic, Hindustani and western classical music and is currently a disciple of maestro Ramamoorthy Rao. In addition to composing music for dance/theatre productions, feature films, advertisements, documentaries, and music albums, Vedanth is the co-director of Nalandaway's Chennai Children's Choir (featuring young talent from economically disadvantaged backgrounds), which represented India at the 2018 Serenade Chorale Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
Drums, guitars, keys
Doug Carraway began his musical journey in fourth grade and credits 80’s metal, classic rock, and jazz as early influences. From marching band and teaching drums to studying jazz in college and playing with local bands, music has defined his life. Doug developed his trademark playful, yet powerful, drumming style with Columbus art rockers Nude over 16 years - gigging locally, touring nationally and recording albums in local studios, as well as their home studio. He works as a video producer at The Ohio State University, and undertakes select freelance audio and video projects. Lately, Doug is enjoying a new relationship to music, jumping more into the world of mixing and producing. He is a competitive cyclist and has made multiple trips to India to explore yoga.
Shreya Devnath is a Carnatic violinist and vocalist from Chennai with a flair for visual art and design. A disciple of the legendary Lalgudi Jayaraman, she is critically acclaimed for personalised and creative renditions that breathe new life into traditional ragas. Primarily a soloist, Shreya has engaged in several musical collaborations with prominent artists, the most recent of which is an audio-visual experience titled ‘Rise’ with A Carnatic Quartet. Shreya has performed around the world, composed music for film and dance, and has been invited to mentor students in an international violin programme. She curates musical outreach programmes along with Praveen Sparsh for underprivileged children as well as the armed forces. When not performing, Shreya enjoys painting and writing short stories. She released her first Tamil indie single Kaatre in September 2021.
Praveen Sparsh is a mridangam exponent, multi- instrumentalist, and music producer who is a disciple of Guruvayur Dorai. He specialises in playing the mridangam, both solo, and as a classical accompanist. A member of A Carnatic Quartet and Sparsh Quartet, Praveen experiments with different genres, scoring theatrical productions and advertisements, and collaborating with other indie artists. Praveen also curates musical outreach programs along with violinist Shreya Devnath. He released his first solo mridangam EP, Unreserved, in 2019.
Paul Jacob is a Chennai based bass guitarist, vocalist, music producer who was a member of the legendary Chennai band Nemesis Avenue and folk-rock ensembles Oikyotaan and the Laya Project. Passionate about keeping alive folk and indigenous sounds and supporting independent artists, he founded Bodhi Muzzik - a recording studio and label through which he has collaborated with renowned musicians around India and the globe. A mentor to The Casteless Collective, he is also an award-winning composer who received Best Documentary Music award at Cannes for his work on The Square Circle.
Saloni Sinha is a Bangalore-based visual designer and illustrator besotted with shooting stars and dragonflies. Currently a senior experience designer at Frog Design, she holds a master’s degree from the National Institute for Design and has worked in UI/UX, advertising, new media and branding. Saloni roots her approach to design in visual styling, conceptual thinking, and experimentation. Some recurring themes that feature in her artwork include surrealism, dreamscapes, alternate realities, outer space, and fairytales. She nurtures her passion for music by designing album covers and gig posters, experimenting with the xylophone, ukulele, and keyboard, playing bass with the synthwave trio VST Music, and producing solo instrumental music under the moniker Parasighted.