Avartan means full circle.
In Indian music, Avartan is a musical term meaning one full cycle of time; where past, present, and future all have to accounted for in order for a musician to improvise in a rhythmic cycle or taala. We at the Avartan Foundation aim to bring Indian classical music full circle from its traditional roots of the past, to popular forms of music today, and connect them full circle to one another.
In addition, we wish to create a holistic way of learning music that includes concepts from world musical systems as well as European musical systems and styles, giving musicians an opportunity to grow their musical perspective full circle.
We host concerts, and festivals for accomplished artists from the US as well as visiting from abroad. We also host recitals and performance opportunities for students to develop their musical talents in a collaborative environment.
Our school aims to educate and empower our students to connect to themselves and express their individuality through music. We wish for any musician to have the tools and training necessary to create the music that is in their heart, no matter what background they come from.
We work with schools, universities, and global music festivals sending artists to promote the celebration of cultural diversity through music. We also work with the professional music community by providing resources to help them integrate more diverse global sounds and styles into mainstream music with respect to the people it represents.
Gaayatri Kaundinya - Founder
Gaayatri Kaundinya is a Hindustani vocalist with 23 years of experience in the field. She started studying when she was 4 under the late Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, and trained with him for 14 years. With the blessings of Smt. Annapoorna Devi, she later studied with Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar at the Sangeet Research Academy in Kolkata. While doing her BA in Ethnomusicology at UCLA, she studied with the late Smt. Lakshmi Shankar.
Gaayatri is the voice behind the scores from hit Hollywood films such as Disney's Million Dollar Arm, Dreamworks' Hundred Foot Journey, and Imagine Entertainment's Pelé. Her unique voice culture and training has carved out a special place for her in Hollywood's music community. Her extensive training in world musical styles, and her production work with notable composers such as AR Rahman has landed her to work in major Hollywood and Bollywood productions, and international films from around the globe.
During her time at UCLA, she founded the Avartan Music Festival which ran for 6 consecutive years. With the growth of the festival, she turned the event into a full blown non-profit organization to promote Indian classical arts. Realizing the need for a more holistic training and perspective towards music, she is now working towards developing resources to provide musicianship training incorporating global music systems and mainstream music.