Indian classical crossover singer Roopa Mahadevan smiling and laughing with head tilted backRoopa Mahadevan is a leading Indian classical vocalist and crossover artist in the South Asian diaspora. She’s normally based out of New York City, but had temporarily relocated to San Jose, California during the pandemic. She has roots in the South San Francisco Bay Area, so the move was an easy one. Roopa collaborates with a myriad of artists in jazz, world music, and R&B/soul genres. She also performs full-length Carnatic vocal concerts and accompanies some of the world’s leading South Asian dancer/choreographers.

We spoke about her then newish album Roopa In Six Yards: A Carnatic Playlist by Roopa Mahadevan. She shares her desire to do more albums with her crossover group Roopa In Flux and all the trepidation that comes with doing something new and different. We also chat about our mutual acquaintance with Bollywood blues artist Aki Kumar, who has appeared on this podcast three times.

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There’s a bit of cutting room floor chit chat at the very end of the episode, post credits. Hope you’ll stick around for that. And I hope you enjoy my conversation with Roopa Mahadevan.

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Roopa on Patreon

Bijayini Satpathy on Instagram

Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble

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