Supriya is the founder of Manasamitra. She is a singer-composer trained, since the age of 5, in Carnatic (classical South Indian) vocal music in Bombay (Mumbai).
Since setting up Manasamitra in 2005 she has collaborated with musicians from different genres and disciplines. She strives to create inclusive music which explores the relationship between her practice and her country of residence, now called home.
Over the past 15 years Supriya has led Manasamitra as Artistic Director often creating music in response to different art forms. Her niche is to work in unusual spaces and she has been commissioned to create music responses to artists Andy Goldsworthy, David Nash and other sculptors exhibiting at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. She also worked closely with a Cultural Olympiad project Stanza Stones exploring the Yorkshire Moors, the poetry of Simon Armitage and Indian classical music.
It was her passion for music and commitment to unlocking other’s potential which led her to set up Manasamitra.
“I’m passionate about redefining what we understand Indian music to be.”
Jacqueline joined Manasamitra in October 2014. Originally trained as a dancer (Classical Ballet, Modern Jazz, Tap, Ballroom and Latin, National Dance …), Jacqueline enjoyed a career as a performer (dance, theatre, cabaret), stage manager and technician.
As a mature student she gained a B.A (Hons) in English and Italian Studies and an M.Phil in Mid-16th Century Theatre. She then turned her skills to Project Management, Festival and Event Management, dance development and consultancy. She has worked with Ludus Dance Touring Company, The Dukes in Lancaster, Blackpool Council (as the first Dance Development Officer), Merseyside Young People’s Theatre Company, Dance Umbrella, UK Foundation for Dance, Staffordshire County Council and many others.
Her major areas of expertise are festival and event management, community dance and education, although her early career was firmly in the realm of commercial theatre practice.
Jacqueline has a broad skill-set that has been developed over a long and varied ‘portfolio career’ and brings a unique energy and perspective to Manasamitra.
“Everyone should have the opportunity to discover their own brilliance and creativity and enjoy the excellence of others”
Duncan Chapman is a composer and sound artist who regularly works with many leading music organisations throughout the world.
Recent projects include work at Casa da Música (Porto) ,a large scale orchestral piece titled But where do we get the water?: (London Chamber Orchestra) for orchestra, young players / laptop ensemble; directing the Fanfare project for young composers (Royal Opera House) and schools projects with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Performances with Supriya Nagarajan (Manasamitra) include Lullabies projects at the Ultima Festival (Oslo); the Kamppi “Chapel of Silence” (Helsinki), Harpa concert hall (Reykjavik), Casa da Música (Porto) and a 2019 tour of the UK and Australia.
Current projects include solo pieces/performances exploring drone and field recordings, curating concerts for the Aural Diversity project, performances (as “Quiet Knot”) for Shakuhachi and live electronics with Mike McInerney and directing projects for the Britten Sinfonia, Sound Festival and West Sussex Music. A long term ongoing project in Glasgow (for Articulate Cultural Trust) was featured on Radio 4 and R3 “Late Junction” in 2019. He is in receipt of an Arts Council “Developing Your Creative Practice” award which includes research/composition into multichannel drone composition in the UK and at EMS in Stockholm.
Projects in the first half of 2020 include a duo performance (with Supriya Nagarajan) at the Jaipur Literature Festival, environmental composition projects with young composers in Aberdeenshire, workshops with Aldeburgh Young Musicians in Suffolk and schools projects with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.
Solo work has been released on the Linear Obsessional & Silent Records labels.
James Cave is a York-based composer, singer and instrumentalist. In 2015 he was Composer-in-Residence at the Banff Centre, Canada. In 2016, he was the first Composer-in-Residence at the Mahler & LeWitt Studios, Spoleto. He sings in York Minster Choir and Il Cor Tristo, and has toured Ireland, France and the Netherlands with Gavin Bryars Ensemble. He has performed live on BBC Radio 3 and NPO Radio 4 (Netherlands). Cave has received the Terry Holmes Award, and Sir Jack Lyons Celebration Award for composition; he won ‘Best Use of Sound’ at ICAD 2017 at Penn State University. His work has been performed in the UK, Canada, the United States, Italy and Norway, and has been released on Ceretto and Regent Records. He is an Artistic Associate of Manasamitra, and holds a PhD in Composition from University of York.
Manasamitra is led by a small but dedicated Board of Trustees, who volunteer their time and expertise to support the creative work of Supriya Nagarajan and the Manasamitra team. Meeting several times a year to oversee strategic, financial and legal aspects of the company, they also support by attending performances and advocating for the company whenever and wherever they can.
Anna Bowman: Chair
Anna Bowman: MA Art & Design Education 1993, ATD (Art Teachers Diploma )1969, BA Hons Fine Art 1964-68.
After graduating Anna worked for Yorkshire Television and lectured in FE & HE colleges before travelling around Europe and Israel. She returned to the UK to bring up her family before being employed by Yorkshire Sculpture Park under a Manpower Services Commission scheme for Women Returning to Work. From 1984 to 1989 she was a Permanent Supply teacher for WMDC before becoming the Curator of Education at Yorkshire Sculpture Park until 2008.
Dr Raj Nagarajan
Dr Srinivasan Nagarajan is a dedicated doctor working as a GP in the community in West Yorkshire. He cares passionately about the locality he lives in and has been a vocal advocate of arts as a means of addressing health inequalities. He has been a founding board member of Manasamitra and continues to support the work of the organization in many different ways. He is also an avid cricket enthusiast who enjoys gardening in his spare time.
Krishna is a resident of Leeds with a passion for English literature and creative writing. He is currently finishing a literary novel on the theme of social iniquities in modern societies. A keen interest in Indian music enthused him to join Manasamitra as a Board Member. Krishna holds university degrees in Engineering and Mathematics, and works for a major UK multinational as Head of Design & Engineering. He is married to Hema, and has a son, Dr Shantanu Padmanabhan.