Raised in Chicago and based out of New York, Gaurav Venkateswar finds inspiration in music from his training in the Indian classical art form as well as genres around the world.
My original song, “Fortune Teller”, is inspired by the history of the resilient Romani people as a humble tribute to their experience and to the experience of all migrants today who are searching of a place to call home in the face of oppression.
Creating this piece was an intensely emotional experience, as I delved into the experiences of people fighting for important human values. From the power of historical footage, to the familiar anthems of resistance in “We Shall Overcome” and “Raghupati Raghav Rajaram”, to my poetry in rap form, this composition is my humble attempt at building bridges between people of different cultures, finding common ground between their struggles, thereby highlighting a worldview of intersectionality.
One month ago, I came across an old VHS recording of my 9-year-old self, playing the Hindi song, “Mujhe Neend Na Aye” on the keyboard and was immediately inspired to make a modern cover track.
This piece brings together two hymns from two faiths, Hinduism and Christianity: Jai Jagdish Hare and Amazing Grace.
This piece is about the love-play between the Hindu god Krishna and his divine partner Radha, who are worshipped together as a combination of the masculine and feminine aspects of the divine.