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4:15 pm
Festival Day
Sunday 18 Feb
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With her bold, clarion indie-rock music, Melbourne singer-songwriter Chitra Ridwan navigates the pressures and anxieties of relationships with the grace and dexterity of a dancer. Raised on the Bellarine Peninsula, Chitra found her calling in music early on, realising it was the world in which she felt safest and most seen. Her acclaimed self-titled debut EP was a wise-beyond-its-years document of young adulthood that confirmed Chitra's preternatural talent as an observer of relationships and human behaviour. Drawing from influences such as Big Thief's Adrienne Lenker and Julia Jacklin, and channelling the no-holds-barred honesty of classic 90s indie songwriters, it was a sharply-realised debut that announced Chitra as one of Melbourne's most talented songwriters. Described as a "bold and affecting" songwriter by Triple J's Declan Byrne, Chitra quickly won praise and adulation from tastemakers including Triple R, Pilerats and Fbi Radio, as well as support slots alongside artists like Lisa Mitchell, Vacations and Jaguar Jonze. Later this year, Chitra will release her anticipated debut album, produced by John Castle (Cub Sport, Hatchie, Angie McMahon).

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