Meet Sriram Emani, Co-Founder and CEO, IndianRaga, a fellowship program that brings together the best young musicians today to present Indian classical music in a way that is relevant and accessible to a younger, global audience today.
Sriram describes the germination of IndianRaga in an interview with Indian-American Community Magazine Khabar:
“The desire to find a way to empower young musicians and make Indian classical music more relevant today was there for over a decade. The idea of IndianRaga was, however, born when I was taking a class at MIT Media Lab, where we were being encouraged to use digital media and technology innovatively. I wrote the business plan for IndianRaga as part of the final course, and it went on to win the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge and the US Creative Business Cup. Before we knew it we had launched!”
He asserts that the lack of government and individual giving and challenging situation encouraged him to have more effective entrepreneurial approach to his work.
When asked how he is benefiting from ISPA’s Global Fellowship Program, Sriram answered that the program provides invaluable opportunities to “meet mentors with diverse experiences that you cannot learn from a textbook.” Having met a cohort of 52 fellows from around the world and exchanged each other’s ideas and experiences, Sriram says he is reassured that he now has a credible entry point to different cultural regions.
“ISPA’s program takes your perspective from a local level to a global level, allowing one to realize that having a global impact is possible and it is within reach.”
In 2015, ISPA brought 52 Fellows from around the world to the New York Congress. We know it’s impossible to meet all these emerging leaders onsite so we’re highlighting 2015 ISPA Fellows in features via member-only monthly newsletter Network and the website.