Art + Activism + Community
Srivi Ramasubramanian is an accomplished musician, poet, visual artist, and certified yoga teacher. She takes a culture-centered approach to arts for community-building, peace, inter-group relations, transformation, and healing. Her creative projects, rooted in her South Asian cultural heritage, inform her scholarship on inter-group communication, social justice, and prejudice reduction, and vice-versa. She founded the Brazos Valley Shanti Choir, a community choir for peace and interconnectedness through music in 2019 and started the Raaga music group in 2004 for local Indian musicians, which met routinely till 2013. She has written over 100 poems on topics relating to gender, race relations, bicultural living, nature connectedness, and environmental justice, which she shares through various online community groups and social media. She is also a visual artist and has worked on collaborative public art using rangoli. She is a certified yoga teacher and has given many community talks on topics such as health, happiness, and mindfulness. She has taught courses on holistic health and led workshops on stress management and yoga for many campus groups.
Community-Building through Music
Srividya Ramasubramanian is a trained Indian classical vocal musician. She has been an active part of the Indian music community in both Pennsylvania and Texas. She has co-founded the Brazos Valley Shanti Choir, a choir for building community through the message of peace and interconnectedness, in 2019, which meets on the weekends at her home. She was an active member of the Raaga Indian music group in State College from 1999-2004. She founded a Raaga music group in College Station in 2005, which brings together local Indian musicians and artists, meeting every weekend till about 2013. She hosts several music gatherings, chamber music concerts, and visiting artistes at her home. She has hosted the annual Tyagaraja Aradhana music festival in College Station over many years, with visiting musicians from all over Texas. She has participated as singer and publicity coordinator for a multi-media production called "Shanti: A Journey for Peace" in collaboration with the Houston U.N. International Choir. She has given a concert in State College to raise funds for earthquake relief through the Association for India's Development.
Poetry & Activism
Srivi has written over 100 poems, including three collected works, on topics such as gender inequalities, race relations, academic life, bicultural life as an Indian-American, contemplation, spirituality, love, relationships, nature connectedness, and environmental justice.
Visual Arts & Collaborations
Srivi enjoys expressing herself through the visual arts through paintings, rangolis (art made on the floor), and jewelry-making. She has worked on collaborative public art works, especially through rangoli floor art in both Pennsylvania and Texas.
Healing Arts & Yoga
Srivi is a certified yoga teacher. She conducts research on, leads workshops/talks on, and teaches courses about yoga philosophy, mindfulness, and holistic health. She taught a first-year seminar on Pathways to Health & Happiness with Lisa Tauferner of the Brazos Healing Center. She has led many sessions on meditation, yoga, and stress management both on campus and in the community. She has been a part of the TAMU Mindfulness Research Group and Interiority Project with Dr. Donnalee Dox and Dr. Mary Meagher. She has been practicing yoga since the age of 12 under the guidance of various teachers (Dr. Shriram Sarvotham of EkaShri Yoga and ShriShri Yoga, Charlotte Alexander of Om Grown Yoga, and Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai).