Sangeet Samrat Chitravina N Ravikiran
Chitravina N Ravikiran, hailed as the ”Mozart of Indian Music” (Wisconsin State Journal & Belgium Television) made his debut at the age of two and “Gave a new meaning to the word, prodigy” (NPR, USA), inspiring sitar maestro Pt Ravi Shankar to declare, “If you don’t believe in God, look at Ravikiran”. Ravikiran presented vocal concerts from age 5 (1972) and chitravina concerts from age 11 (1978). He has “Taken the instrument to new levels” (BBC Magazine) and “Brought new audiences to Indian music” (CNN TV). Renowned as ”Perhaps the greatest slide player in the world today” (Radio Australia) for his “Teasing precision and dazzling effects” (New York Times) Ravikiran has performed in major festivals and venues across the world and introduced Carnatic music in countries such as Slovenia, Slovakia, Croatia & Brazil. In Jan 2016, he made world history by setting to music the entire 1330 Tirukkural verses of ancient Tamil poet Tiruvalluvar in a matter of 16 hours.
Known for his concept Melharmony (which explores chords and counterpoints based on melodic progression such as ragas), Ravikiran has composed for and collaborated with noted Western Classical, Jazz/Rock and World music artists and orchestras. Youngest to win the President of India’s Award for artistic excellence (at age 38), Ravikiran has also been decorated with Citations and Proclamations from Cities like Houston, Tulsa, Madison & Middleton and received numerous other awards in various countries. He has over 800 traditional Indian music & dance compositions to his credit including operatic creations like Ramayana, Mahabharata & Cosmos. A compelling orator and author of a number of books and articles, Ravikiran has also mentored a large band of established and emerging performers across the world.