Chitra Veena Artiste, Tamil Nadu, India
Ravikiran made headlines as the world’s youngest prodigy at the age of two (in 1969).
He could identify and demonstrate 325 ragas (melodic modes), 175 talas (rhythmic cycles) and answer numerous other music-related questions. He debuted as a vocalist at the age of five and presented his maiden concert on the 21-stringed fretless slide, chitravina at age 12. He set a trend with a record non-stop recital for 24 hours when he was 18. Founded The International Foundation for Carnatic Music
Recognition and awards Ravikiran won a Fellowship of the Madras Music Academy at the age of two. He has been the first or youngest musician to receive several other awards including the President’s Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Millennium
Festival Award (UK), Harvard Sangeet Award (USA) and Citations from Cities such as
Houston and Tulsa. Some of his other awards are Star of India, Sangeeta Choodamani, Kalaimamani, Kumar Gandharava Samman, Sangeet Samrat and Arul Ishai Selvan. Ravikiran attributes all success to gurus Chitravina virtuoso Narasimhan and T Brinda.
BBC Philharmonic orchestra during the Millennium Festival in UK. In the field of Indian classical music and dance, Ravikiran is one of the more prolific composers with over 500 compositions in five languages. His operatic dance creations include Lakshmi Prabhavam (North America 1997), Savitri (Australia, 1998), Cosmos (Canada, 2000), Vinayaka Vaibhavam (USA, 2000) and In the Long White moonlight (USA, 2003).
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