Melharmony Festivals were initiated in 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin and have been an annual feature in the Midwest since.
These festivals are usually a whole day or 2-day events and celebrate the creations and contributions of brilliant composers from both East and West, whose contributions to melody and harmony respectively have enriched the world. The first few editions of the Melharmony Festivals chose 18th century composers from diverse parts of the world who were contemporaries - Oottukkadu Venkata Kavi (OVK) & J S Bach (in 2013 and 2016), Tyagaraja & Mozart (2014) and Muttuswami Dikshitar & Beethoven (2015).
Chicago hosted a Melharmony Festival dedicated to Oottukkadu Venkata Kavi (OVK) & J S Bach in 2016.
Melharmony Festival in Germany
Melharmony made a grand entrance in Germany in 2017 when the city of Goettingen hosted a 3-day Melharmony Festival between Aug 25-27 where compositions of noted composers were presented along with Melharmony compositions featuring a handpicked Quintet from the Gottingen Symphony Orchestra led by John Sebastian Sommer as well as artists of Euro Jazz Ensemble Jurgen Bliebel (Piano) & Raimond Moritz (Sax). A Melharmony concert by the talented Goettingen Youth Symphony conducted by Daniel Eismann attracted as much accolade as the professional events.
Midwest Melharmony Festivals 2017
2017 will see two Melharmony Festivals in the USA too - in Minneapolis on October 29th, and in Madison on Nov 11th & 12th, where several composers from both East and West are going to be featured. The Madison Festival will be the first of a series of events dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the Combating Climate Change (CCC) Project of the Melharmony Foundation. Surplus revenues from donations will be used to set up Micro Grids using Solar and other types of renewable energy in impoverished communities in developing countries in Asia, Africa, South America and other parts of the world.
Sunday – 29th October (Minnesota) - Wayzata Performing Arts Center, 4955 Peony Ln N, Plymouth, MN 55446
1 to 4 PM – Showcase of Carnatic Instrumental & Vocal Music, Bharathanatyam, Mohiniattam, Kuchipudi
4 PM – Grand Finale: "Melody, Harmony, Melharmony" concert featuring Chitravina N Ravikiran & the Wayzata Middle & High School Orchestras, conducted by Mark Gitch
Saturday - 11th November (Wisconsin) - Gateway Community Church, 3510 High Rd, Middleton, WI 53562
- Geetam/Krti/Varnam/Manodharmam Competitions with feedback
- "Accompany/be accompanied by the star(s)" performances
- Feature performance by Adityanarayanan Shankar (Vocal), Shri V V Ravi (Violin) and Shri Melakaveri Balaji (Mrdangam) @ 6 PM
Sunday - 12th November (Wisconsin) - Middleton Performing Arts Center, 2100, Bristol Street, Middleton, WI
10 am – 2 PM - Individual/Group performances of Carnatic Music/Western Classical/Dance
3 PM – 5:30 PM – Showcase by Naad Foundation, Kalaanjali Dance Company, Bharathanjali, Natyarpana Dance Company & Nrithya Sangeeth, Kala Vandanam
6:30 pm - Grand Finale: "Melody, Harmony, Melharmony" concert featuring Chitravina N Ravikiran & the Middleton Community Orchestra conducted by Kyle Knox that will premiere Climatrix – a Melharmonic Composition of Maestro Ravikiran highlighting Climate Changes even as it traverses through the 72 Principal Scales (Ragas) of India's Carnatic Classical Music.