Started by three musicians, T.M. Krishna, H.K. Venkatram and Shriram Kumar, Shabda aims to bring Indian arts and culture to a wider audience.
A Shabda event has six to eight speakers, including talks for both scholars and those less knowledgeable about Indian arts. The founders hope that as well as being a source of information, the site will become a constructive, interactive community.
The lectures, which are all in English, cover a wide range of subjects. In the first Shabda talk, Lakshmi Vishwanathan demonstrated how a Bharatanatyam dancer can effectively use music to enhance and elevate a dance performance.
Professor V.V. Subramaniam presented a lecture demonstration on how the essence of music is interpreted and performed on the violin.
Brigha Bessel showed how expressive techniques are used by a Bharatanatyam dancer.