Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Musicians to watch

Aditya Prakash

US-born Aditya Prakash is a talented young Carnatic vocalist. Starting at the age of eight, Aditya has been learning music in the US and India from Debur Srivathsa, Rose Muralikrishnan, Sugandha Kalamegham and now from P.S. Narayanaswami and Palai C.K. Ramachandran, both disciples of Semmangudi Srinivasier.

Aditya, who has a strong, deep voice, is a dedicated student of music. Though he is not a fluent speaker of Indian languages, he takes the trouble to be word-perfect on stage and his enunciation of lyrics is excellent. He has been performing solo Carnatic concerts since the age of 12 in the USA, Canada, Europe and India. He has performed at some of the best venues in the world.

Aditya received the AK Satagopan ‘Yuva Kalakar Puraskar’ award for the ‘most promising artiste’ from Sri Shanmukhananda Sabha, Mumbai, in 2009. During the Music Season in Chennai of 2008, Aditya was awarded ‘Best Junior Vocalist’ by the Tyaga Brahma Gana Sabha.

Also keenly interested in Hindustani music and fusion, Aditya has had the wonderful experience of touring, performing and working with sitar maestro Ravi Shankar. Since the age of 16, Aditya has been featured in his ‘Festival of India III’ ensemble as lead vocalist, touring the USA and Canada. Aditya has also worked and performed with Anoushka Shankar as lead vocalist in her album live tours in Europe, the USA and Canada. He has also sung and recited poetry for the Chennai-based theatre group JustUs Repertory.

Aditya Prakash, whose sister Mythili Prakash and mother Viji Prakash are accomplished bharata natyam dancers, blogs at adityaprakashmusic.blogspot.in

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