Sadas – A Meeting of Cultures


Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Sadas


Exploring the spaces between cultures.

About the artists

Sadas is an intracultural duo of classical musicians, representing a formidable blend of traditional knowledge honed in India, technical mastery and musical boldness shaped by biculturalism.

Through music, they explore what it means to be practitioners of Indian classical arts within Melbourne’s musical milieu. From traditional Carnatic (South Indian classical) repertoires to Carnatic-inspired experimental works, they converse in a musical language that pushes boundaries.

Sadas disrupts static definitions of Australian arts, artists and composers. They use sound in dynamic ways to explore the spaces in between cultures, blending decades of fine training across multiple creative disciplines.

About the concert

The repertoire for this program will include traditional Carnatic music compositions, raga-based improvisations, and Carnatic-inspired original music composed by Bhairavi and Nanthesh.

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Bhairavi Raman carnatic violin
Bhairavi’s music expresses her lived experience navigating two different cultures. She uses sound in a dynamic way, blending concepts and techniques developed through her decades of training and expertise in Carnatic (South Indian Classical) and Western Classical music. She holds an A.Mus.A in violin awarded by the AMEB, and has pursued advanced training in Carnatic Music in India for the past 12 years.

Nanthesh Sivarajah mridangam
Nanthesh Sivarajah is a multidisciplinary artist based in Melbourne, Australia. He is passionate about combining his broad artistic skillset to produce unique works. He is a percussionist, trained in both South Indian Classical (Carnatic) and Western forms, and proficient in several instruments including the Mridangam, Kanjira, Ghatam, Morsing, Drumkit and several other percussion instruments.

Bhairavi and Nanthesh both have fifteen years of performance experience across Australia and internationally. They’ve played at some of South India’s oldest and most distinguished music venues, including two shows at the prestigious Madras Music Academy. With over 400 performances to their name, they represent a formidable blend of traditional knowledge honed in India, technical mastery, musical boldness and an authentically Melburnian voice.


A Meeting of Cultures


This production is part of the following series: