West Yorkshire-based arts professional, Supriya Nagarajan, has been selected as a participant on a prolific programme of 15 composers and creative artists that make up 2018’s ‘New Voices’.

The programme is run by national charity for new music, Sound and Music, and recognises individuals working across a broad range of musical genres who share a deep commitment to critical engagement with their practice. All of those named aim to effect development through their work.

World-renowned Carnatic vocalist Supriya has performed and delivered projects around the world. She is also the founder and managing director of arts organisation, Manasamitra.

Dewsbury-based Supriya has been selected to take part in the programme alongside Alex Ho, Andy Ingamells, Bex Burch, Daniel McBride, David Austin Grey, Edmund Hunt, Eska Mtungwazi, Eunseog Lee, Gugak Sounds, Johnny Hunter, Liz Johnson, Marcus Joseph, Stuart Brown and Vicki Bennett.

“It’s a tremendous honour to be named on the New Voices programme alongside so many fantastic creative artists and composers,” said former accountant Supriya, who set up Manasamitra in 2005.

“It’s an extremely busy time for myself and Manasamitra as we embark on the next phase of delivering our Lullaby Sonic Cradle programme and lay the groundwork for a second Bollywood Jazz tour.

“Being a part of the New Voices programme provides an opportunity for possible collaboration on these projects while also coming together to develop new ideas.”

Sound and Music aims to maximise the opportunities for people to create and enjoy new music. Their work includes composer and artist development, partnerships with a range of organisations, audience development, touring, information and advice, network building and education.

Hannah Bujic, Co-Head of Artist Development at Sound and Music, said: “The New Voices programme is a fantastic opportunity for artists to spend time developing a project with tailored support and reflecting more deeply on their practice. We’re thrilled that Supriya has joined the 2018 New Voices cohort, and look forward to being part of the exciting work she is planning while on the programme.”

The New Voices programme stretches 18 months and provides a platform for collaboration, interaction and development.