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Carnatic Music Concert
As part of the SIFAS Festival of Classical Indian Music, Dance & Arts 2019

Abhishek Raghuram
Akkarai Subhalakshmi (Violin)
Anantha R Krishnan (Mridangam)
Vazhappally Krishnakumar (Ghatam)

Carnatic music is a system of music commonly associated with Southern India. Although there are stylistic differences between schools, the basic elements of Sruthi (the relative musical pitch), Swara (the musical sound of a single note), Raga (combination of notes in a melodic form), and Tala (the rhythmic cycles) form the foundation of improvisation and composition in Carnatic music. The music provides ample scope for improvisation and on-stage “extempore” creation.

As a mark of taking Indian Classical Music into the futuristic realm, in this program SIFAS features the young Maestro Abhishek Raghuram, a torch-bearer of the traditional form of this music with a contemporary touch and a gaze into the future. Well known for his on-stage creativity, he will share stage with other highly accomplished musicians of his generation Akkarai Subhalakshmi on Violin, Anantha R Krishnan on Mridangam and Vazhappally Krishnakumar on Ghatam.


Start Sales Date

8 Feb 2019, 9am

Other Channels:
8 Feb 2019, 10am


Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes

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  • Infants in arms or children below the age of 5 shall not be admitted.
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Abhishek Raghuram hails from a family of legendary musicians, the late Mridangam legend, Palghat Raghu and the Violin legend Lalgudi Jayaraman. Abhishek initially trained under his grandfather and then moved on to learn from Padma Bhushan Vidwan Sri. P. S. Narayanaswamy. In 1999, he gave his first international concert tour in the U.S with his grandfather. Today, Abhishek is one of most heard Carnatic vocalists in India and abroad. He has performed at several prestigious music festivals: the Darbar Festival at Southbank Centre, The Esplanade (Singapore), Idea Jalsa. In 2014, Abhishek was presented by Ustad Zakir Hussain in the “Barsi” festival dedicated to his father Ustad Alla Rakha. Apart from his grandfather he has performed with several eminent musicians like Dr.T.K.Murthy, Umayalpuram Sivaraman, Karaikudi Mani, Trichy Sankaran, G. Harishankar, Ganesh Kumaresh, Bombay Jayashree, Jayateerth Mevundi, Sanjeev Abhyankar, and the likes at a very young age. Possessing a combination of virtuosity, aesthetics and intellect, Abhishek has created a new genre in the field of music that, according to critics is “food for the intellect, mind, heart and soul”. He could very well be on his way to creating a new Gharana, something that will have a big impact in the Indian music world. He has won several awards including Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar and “Yogam Nagaswami Award” for Best Senior Vocalist – The Music Academy, Madras during the December Season 2013-14.

Akkarai S Subhalakshmi, Indian classical (Carnatic) violinist and vocalist, is now amongst the most distinguished musicians of today. She is the disciple of her father, Akkarai Shri S Swamynathan, as well as Shri V Janakiraman, Shri O V Subramaniam, Padmabhushan Shri P S Narayanaswamy, and Chitravina Shri N Ravikiran. A multi-faceted musician, she is renowned for her sensitive accompaniment for many legends of Indian classical music. Subhalakshmi has performed in countless prestigious venues worldwide, including the Théâtre de la Ville Festival (Paris), the Queen Elizabeth Hall and BBC Radio (London), Umeå Jazz festival (Sweden), and so on. She has been honored with numerous awards and titles like the Rajiv Gandhi Yuva Puraskar (awarded at age thirteen by the President of India) and the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar (2007), to name just a few, and was identified as one of India’s 50 most promising individuals across all fields in The Week magazine’s 2003 Independence Day special.

Anantha R. Krishnan, the grandson and disciple of the pioneering, venerated and award winning mridangam maestro, Sangeetha Kalanidhi Shri. Palghat R. Raghu, learned the fundamentals of the mridangam under his uncle, Shri. R. Ramkumar and began tutelage under his grandfather at the age of five. He has since cemented his position as a premier mridangam-ist of his generation, carrying forth one of the greatest drumming traditions. He performed his first concert at the age of seven. He has received many awards from traditional organizations of Carnatic Music in India. Notably, he has won the categorical Best Mridangist Prize from the Music Academy, Madras, a record five times in six years. In 1999, he performed for the millennium celebrations in Berlin, Germany at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and at the EXPO 2000 in Hanover. He was a featured soloist in the Grammy nominated, Miles from India tour, which premiered in Town Hall, NYC presenting the great Miles Davis’s music with Indian instrumentation featuring jazz legends. Anantha holds a BA in Western Music and Philosophy from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Electronic Music and Percussion from Mills College, California. He is also a special interest student of Tabla under Ustad Zakir Hussain.

Vazhappally Krishnakumar (Ghatam), A-grade artiste of All India Radio, is a disciple of Sri. Vazhappally Chellappan master, Sri. Cherthala R Jayadev & Sri. Ghatam Vaidyanathan Suresh. He has performed widely in India and abroad. He has performed in all Sabhas in Kerala such as the prestigious Navaratri Mandapam, Swati fest at Kuthiramalika and regularly feature in Annual Music Conference concerts at Madras Music Academy. He has accompanied eminent artistes across generations of musicians and is highly sought-after percussionist. He has won several awards and the most recent being, the title "Sangeetha Thilakam' from Thiruvambadi Devaswam Thrissur in 2018.

This performance is presented in collaboration with The Esplanade as part of the 18th edition of the SIFAS Festival of Classical Indian Music, Dance & Arts 2019.


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Event Date
Sat, 13 Apr 2019


Ticket Pricing
(Excludes Booking Fee)

Standard: S$40, S$30
Esplanade Box: S$40
Premier Box: S$40


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