CoDI Mentors 2020/21


Supriya Nagarajan, is the founder and CEO of Manasamitra, a UK-based arts organisation with global reach. She is one of the most sought-after Carnatic vocalists in the UK and has performed around the world in India, Thailand, Cambodia and cities across Europe and the UK. Known for working in unusual, non-traditional performance spaces, she strives to engage and inspire new audiences and bring them unique cultural experiences.

Supriya has collaborated with musicians from different genres and disciplines and been commissioned to create music responses to artists including Andy Goldsworthy, David Nash.

A Bombay-born Indian musician who studied Carnatic Vocal (classical South Indian) music from the age of five, Supriya initially built up a successful career in the UK banking sector. In 2005 she changed direction and founded Manasamitra to fulfil her passion for music and traditional and contemporary Indian art in order to give UK audiences an ambience of India, its tradition and culture.  

Today, Manasamitra generates, produces and delivers challenging, thoughtful and provocative programmes across all genres and cultures. Its aim is to pioneer new performance vocabularies through multi-disciplinary collaborations and develop new audiences – including children, young people and families - within social and community settings across the UK. Previous performance locations have included Yorkshire Sculpture Park, York Minster, Huddersfield University, National Railway Museum, Tatton Park and Kew Gardens.  

Supriya has performed and worked with a number of global artists across vocals, dance and storytelling from diverse cultures to produce dynamic artistic collaborations. These collaborations respect and challenge the ideas, forms and aesthetics of each genre whilst producing performances representative of the artistically rich, melting pot world we inhabit.

CoDI Mentors 2020/21


Supriya Nagarajan will be mentoring a female artist of colour from any music genre.



  • Cross cultural composition

  • Is music a business ? Should it be?

  • Importance of soft skills in the world of music

  • How to deal with rejection