Carnatic Vocalist, Tamil Nadu, India
Date of Birth : 21 - Jun - 1982
Sikkil C. Gurucharan is among the foremost young performing musicians of Carnatic music in India today. He is the grandson of Sikkil Kunjumani, elder of the internationally acclaimed flautists the Sikkil Sisters. He is an 'A' grade All India Radio artist. Showing immense promise at the age of five, Gurucharan was coaxed by his grandmothers to pursue Carnatic Music further. Although his family is well-known for their affiliation to flute, his vocal expertise was commendable at that age itself with perfect alignment of notes.
Soon after the initiation, his family had to shift base to Hyderabad. At this juncture, his mother Mythili Chandrasekaran decided to impart the bala padam (initial exercises) and popular songs like Mudhaakaratha modhakam, Madhuraashtakam and Kurai ondrum illai among others. He began to involuntarily register the lessons that his sister learnt to play in the flute as well.
When the family returned to Chennai and the Sikkil Sisters wasted no time in ensuring that Gurucharan began serious music training under the aegis of Vaigal Shri S. Gnanaskandan, disciple of Dandapani Desikar and Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer. Guru Gnanaskandan was then the producer of All India Radio. Being a strict disciplinarian, Gnanaskandan ensured that Gurucharan took music seriously, especially when the people at home had created an ambience filled with Carnatic music to build his interest in singing.Shows & Major Performances
Sikkil Gurucharan’s first concert was held at the Music Academy, under the aegis of the Gnanaskandan Trust in the year 1994. From the time he decided to devote himself to Carnatic music as a full-time professional, there has been no looking back. In a span of close to 13 years, Gurucharan has performed extensively in India and abroad, spanning prestigious venues such as the Music Academy (Chennai), Sri Shanmukhananda Sabha (Mumbai), Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay (Singapore), Riverside Theatres (Sydney), Korean Arts Management Centre (Seoul), the Sangeet Natak Akademi (New Delhi), Chowdiah Memorial Hall (Bangalore) and also at popular festivals like the Tyagaraja Aradhana (Tiruvaiyaru), Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana (USA), Rabindra Utsav (Kolkata), to name a few.
Apart from performing the traditional Carnatic music concerts conforming to the Paddathi style, Sikkil Gurucharan and pianist Anil Srinivasan, have brought together the classical piano and Carnatic vocal music to create a format which has been termed as "devastatingly beautiful" by the legendary guitarist, John McLaughlin. Their music which has gathered followers in India, Singapore, Australia, USA and Europe in a short span of time, presents and preserves classical music in a way that reaches out to the younger listeners of music but at the same time, satisfies the puritans who look out for the aesthetic value. They have several albums to their credit. The duo has performed with renowned artists like the Dhananjayans, Anita Ratnam, Anandavalli, Ramli Ibrahim and Muraad Ali among others.
Sikkil Gurucharan and Anil Srinivasan have now become well-known for having charted a new genre of Carnatic music. Using the classical piano as a frame around the free-flowing classical South Indian voice, the duo has managed to create a significant following in a very short period of time. The format, eponymous with their critically acclaimed "Madhirakshi", has now come to be regularly featured on the festival circuit.
The two have recorded four albums together in just two years, starting with Madhirakshi (Charsur) and Maaya (Charsur), This and the Other (TVS) and The Blue Divine (Swathi Sanskriti). The duo came up with Tarunam (Swathi Sanskriti) in 2010. They were featured performers for the first ever TED conference held in India, in Mysore (November 2009). Their work has now travelled to the United States (Fall 2008 tour), Singapore (Esplanade November 2008) and Malaysia (Fall 2008), and of course all over India. Sikkil and Anil have successfully toured Australia (2010) and the Far East (South Korea, 2011). They are usually accompanied only on the Khanjira (south Indian tambourine) by the versatile B S Purushotham. Other performers to have worked with the duo include Murad Ali on the sarangi, apart from John McLaughlin and Mandolin Srinivas (Anil Srinivasan accompanies them on Samjhanitha, released by Dreyfus and Sikkil Gurucharan accompanies them on Miles from India).
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Website: www.sikkilgurucharan.comAwards & Recognitions
by Gopalakrishna Bharathi Festival Committee in 2012
by Visakha Music Academy in 2011
by Sri Krishna Gana Sabha in 2010
by Narada Gana Sabha in 2008
by Sa Ri Ga Ma Pa Da Ni Foundation in 2008
by Indian Fine Arts Society in 2008
by Sangeet Natak Akademi in 2007
by Sri Shanmukhananda Sabha, Mumbai in 2007
for the best young musician of the year by Russian Cultural Center in 2006
by Bharat Kalachar in 2005
by Karthik Fine Arts in 2005
by Naada Inbam in 2005
by Indian Fine Arts in 2005
for most promising young artiste of the year TAG Corporation in 2005
by Kalki Memorial Trust in 2005
by Raja Annamalaipuram Sabha in 2005
by Music Academy Conference 2004, 2003, 2002
by Music Academy Conference in 2003
for best raga renditions by Sri Krishna Gana Sabha in 2002
in Sub Senior Category during Music Season by Indian Fine Arts Society in 2002
by Sri Krishna Gana Sabha in 2000
by Thyaga Bramha Gana Sabha in 1997
by Gnanaskandan Trust in 1994