Musical Virtuoso of Indian Music, Ravikiran, Concert April 1

Music Concert by Ravikiran

Sunday, April 1st

6:00 – 8:00 pm

$15

Chitravina N. Ravikiran from Mysore, India, multi award-winning Carnatic music performer and composer, has been hailed as a true instrumental virtuoso in world music today. ravikiranmusic.com

His maiden instrumental performance was in 1979, at age 12. Today, he is recognized as one of the most eminent instrumentalists in the world, and has performed at prominent venues like the Theatre de la Ville(Paris), Vienna Palace (Austria), Tate Modern Gallery (London), National Theatre (Australia), the Institute of World Music (New York), Oji Hall (Japan), Esplanade (Singapore), Sadler’s Wells (London.)

His accomplishments on the exquisite 20/21-string-slide instrument, the chitravina, have made a striking impact in the arena of slide instruments as a whole. He gives both vocal concerts and concerts with the instrument, chitravina.  He is the grandson of famous musician, Narayan Iyengar. Ravikiran has successfully introduced the chitravina to the world music scene through collaborations with top musicians from diverse backgrounds such as Jazz, Western Classical, African, Brazilian, Mid-Eastern, Chinese as well as North Indian.

A child prodigy, he impressed scholars with his knowledge in Carnatic music. He made his first appearance as a musician at when he was 2 years old. Soon after that, he was presented in The Madras Music Academy, Krishna Ghana Sabha he was able to identify and render about 325 ragas (melodic scales) and 175 talas (rhythmic cycles). He was quizzed by famous musicians such as Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Pandit Ravi Shankar and  M S Subbulakshmi. The Music Academy, Madras, awarded the two-year-old a monthly scholarship for the next few years. Ravikiran trained in Carnatic music under the guidance of his father, Narasimhan. Ravikiran debuted as a vocalist in 1972, at Coimbatore at the age of five years. At the age of 10, he switched over to the 21-stringed chitravina. However, he resumed his vocal recitals in 1999 and now presents both vocal and instrumental concerts.

Ravikiran is the author of several books, ‘Appreciating Carnatic Music’ and ‘Perfecting Carnatic Music Level I and II’. He is also the founder of the International Foundation for Carnatic Music. Foundation website

Radio National, Australia  “…one of the world’s greatest slide players – whose instrument is NOT a guitar! …an amazing slide player in anybody’s language. “

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