The Anirudh Varma Collective (AVC) is a contemporary Indian classical ensemble from New Delhi, India. It is led by pianist, composer & producer, Anirudh Varma. The Collective comprises over 150 musicians and artists from across India, America, and Canada. Their attempt is to bring the rich tradition of Indian Classical music out of a niche viewership to a larger global audience, through convergence with diverse genres but keeping it rooted in its pure form. AVC has released 2 full-length albums, Perspectives (2018) and Homecoming (2022), which have staged more than 500 performances. The ensemble has performed at festivals in both India and abroad such as The Jaipur Literature Festival, Mahindra Kabira Festival, Nita Ambani Cultural Centre, Mumbai (NMACC), Virasat Festival as well as the Festival of India in Kuwait and Maldives, to name a few. The Collective was recently awarded the Best Independent Band of the Year at the Clef Music Awards, Mumbai.
This event is sponsored by The Mohindar Brar Sambhi Endowed Chair in Indian Music at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, The UCLA Center for India and South Asia (CISA), and The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Department of Ethnomusicology