Supriya Nagarajan, the founding member and CEO of Manasamitra an UK based arts organisation is a Bombay born Indian, who studied Carnatic Vocal music from the age of five; her passionate love of music drove her to achieve great things and the desire to help people from all backgrounds to find that passion within themselves. In acknowledgement of her work as a creative entrepreneur Supriya received a nomination for the 2012 National Microsoft Diversity Awards for her contribution to promoting diversity and access to the arts.
Having built up a successful career in the banking sector it was in 2005 that Supriya founded Manasamitra as a way of fulfilling her passion for music and presenting traditional and contemporary Indian art to give UK audiences an ambience of India, its tradition and culture.
As CEO of Manasamitra, Supriya delivers a variety of arts projects and performances from visual arts to music both classical and contemporary alongside artistic interventions in social and community settings. Manasamitra has toured extensively across Europe bringing its unique cultural experience to non-traditional performance spaces in order to engage and inspire new audiences in public spaces including the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, York Minster , Groningen University National Railway Museum Supriya is passionate in empowering young and emerging artists to realise their dreams.
Through Manasamitra she supports over 40 artists locally and nationally and is an active mentor in the local community to artists and school children alike seeking out ways to create career pathways and opportunities for individuals to overcome socio-economic barriers and achieve their goals.
Supriya is one of the most sort-out Carnatic vocalists in the UK and has performed around the world in India, Thailand, Cambodia and cities across Europe and the UK. Supriya has worked with a number of artists from other genres creating new musical vocabulary and constantly widening the boundaries through collaboration. Most recently she has been working with Ben Castle, Shri Sriram and Duncan Chapman all well recognised names in the UK contemporary music world.
She enjoys setting her work in unusual spaces and has been commissioned to create music responses to the artists Andy Goldsworthy, David Nash and other sculptors exhibiting at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. She also worked closely with a Cultural Olympiad project, Stanza Stones, exploring the Yorkshire Moors, the poetry of Simon Armitage and Indian classical music.
Supriya’s work intersects with scientific enquiry at various levels and her previous music production “Shivoham” was a multi-sensory production based on her having synaesthesia and experiencing the senses differently. The production including colour illusions, smells and sounds that enhanced audience appreciation.
Supriya’s latest project has been a multi-faceted exploration of the theme “Lullaby”. Inspired during a visit to India where she encountered mothers working in the fields singing lullabies to their infants placed in sling cradles far away and yet soothing them she wanted to explore the connection. This inspired Supriya to create the lullaby project and explore its various facets through music, digital installation and spoken word. She is now exploring the connection between the human brain and lullabies working alongside scientists from the Queensland University in Brisbane. She has developed new work around the theme of lullaby with partners in Scandinavia, including: The Ultima Contemporary Music Festival, Oslo, Norway; the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Helsink and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.
In September 2017, Supriya conceived and devised a participative installation using human voices in everyday settings. The piece titled “Festival of Conversations” was about blurring barriers, capturing aural spectrums and studying tonal quality of the human voices during varying levels of stress. As part of her “Life of a Bee” project, Supriya was invited to be a resident artist at the beautiful Kingsbrae gardens in New Brunswick, Canada in summer 2017, where she did preliminary composition work on her album highlighting the dwindling bee population. She is currently exploring the impact of the studies on collective intelligence of bees and its application in the field of Artificial Intelligence.