Shivacult is the psychedelic/spiritual/Higher realmic art project of Harshavardhan Sreedhar who is based out of Budapest, HU and Hyderabad, IN.
Shivacult is the project that was born out of a fascination for the Dravidian-Aryanized cult of the Adiyogi Shiva: His attainment of cosmic powers by the conquest of the unstable mind and his dwellings on sexuality and spirituality.
Marrying a thousand year old Indian Carnatic tradition of music with the latest cutting edge electronic music forms, Shivacult strings intricate phrases of melody with electronically synthesized elements surpassing sonic capabilities. He brings alive the ancient Carnatic tradition of India, focusing on the aesthetic aspects of the “Raga” system and its emotional capabilities. Meditation - ancient and contemporary spiritual and occult thought plays a central theme of the storyline of his compositions.
Born into a family of classical musicians, Harshavardhan was greatly influenced by his mother Smt Anuradha Sreedhar, a carnatic vocalist and teacher and received initial Carnatic classical vocal training from local stalwarts of Hyderabad such as Sri Nedunuri Shyamakrishna and Smt Sundari Janakiraman. Harshavardhan was introduced to dub and psychedelic ambient sounds by reknown Tilos radio (Hungary) selekta Dakta Dub at Monkey studios where he learnt to use a set of Turntables. Thus began his search for quality sound, his urge to fuse his natural talents into what is now ‘Shivacult’.
Harshavardhan is now actively involved in making an online community radio called 'Monkey Radio India' at www.monkeyradio.in that promotes culture and spiritually uplifting conversation and art from around the world. Harshavardhan is also a Visual selekta (visual artist with selector style storytelling) and a programmer whose recent works include an Indian Classical Raga database application at www.indianclassical.org. Having been practicing various forms of meditation in the last few years, Harshavardhan is an avid meditator and practitioner of several forms of Yoga, Qi Gong and other rare forms of meditation originating from the ancient Indian subcontinent such as the Shambhavi Mahamudra. Harshavardhan is also a practitioner of Reiki and channels the Reiki Master Symbol.
The Shivacult sound is a unique, spiritually uplifting resonance that originates from Live Carnatic Indian classical traditional vocals, field recordings and electronic synthesis. The Shivacult project aims at purifying the inner vibrations through intense meditation (Sadhana) and imparting these vibrations through various media in a systematic process of artistic alchemy.
|M.S Software Engineering||VIT University|
|M.Sc. International Management||University of Buckingham|
|Madhyama Pratham (Vocal - Karnatic)||Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalay Mandal|
|Certificate course in Karnatic music- vocal||Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University|
|Usui Reiki Level 1 & 2 (William Lee Rand lineage)||International Institute For Reiki Therapy|
|Usui Reiki Level 3||Ke Koza's Healing Home|
Notable Performances: Music (Live sets)
Samsara Festival, Siófok-Töreki, Hungary
- 2016 - TILOS Forest stage
- 2017 - TILOS Forest stage
Momento Demento Festival, Primišlje, Croatia
- 2016 - Alternative stage
- 2017 - Zen Garden stage
O.Z.O.R.A Festival, Dádpuszta, Hungary
- 2016 - Pumpui stage
- 2017 - Healion stage (stage opening set)
- 2017 - Pumpui stage