Classical Indian Music Exploration with Arun Ramamurthy and Trina Basu

August 15, Sunday, 2 p.m.

Presented in partnership with Next Stage Arts, Arun Ramamurthy and Trina Basu perform and discuss classical Indian music in the Museum’s Center Gallery. 

Ramamurthy is a violinist, educator, and organizer based in Brooklyn, New York. His music is rooted in his lifelong training in South Indian Carnatic music and influenced by his various musical interests growing up in New Jersey. Ramamurthy is a disciple of the celebrated violinist brothers Dr. Mysore Manjunath & Sri Mysore Nagaraj as well as the distinguished violinist Sri. Ananthakrishnan, and he spent many early years studying with Western classical violinist Jim Mate. He has performed with Dr. Balamurali Krishna, Smt. Sudha Ragunathan, Pt. Anindo Chatterjee, Sri T.N. Seshagopalan, Pt. Krishna Bhatt, Pt. Ramesh Misra, Marc Cary, Amir ElSaffar, Awa Sangho, Adam Rudolph, Kaoru Watanabe, Falu Shah, Roman Diaz, Mike Block, Parul Shah, and Jason Samuels Smith. He leads the Arun Ramamurthy Trio (ART), which has performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Jazz Gallery, and Pioneer Works.

Originally from Miami, Basu grew up learning Western classical music. She later studied jazz and traveled to India to learn Carnatic classical music. Her unconventional path as a violinist is influenced by her South Asian and North American roots, her identity as a mixed-race woman, and her experiences working with musicians practicing across multiple genres and disciplines. Basu co-leads the raga chamber folk ensemble Karavika and co-leads Nakshatra, a violin duo project with Ramamurthy (her husband and musical collaborator), reimagining string chamber music through the lens of Indian classical raga. Basu has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Newport Jazz Festival, Sinaloa Music Festival, and Raga Sudha Hall, performing with artists such as Urban Bush Women, Mos Def, Adam Rudolph, Marc Cary, Imani Uzuri and Dr. Mysore Manjunath. 


This event is made possible in part by a gift from the daughters of Lila Shoshkes,
made in loving memory of their mother.