Hailing as a child prodigy with lineage deeply rooted on both sides, music is in Abhishek Raghuram’s blood. Possessing a combination of virtuosity, aesthetics and intellect, Raghuram 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 could have a big impact in the Indian music world.
The inspiring young vocalist will be one of three featured artists at India Fine Arts program on Sunday, August 20, 5 p.m. at Bates Recital Hall on the campus of the University of Texas.
Also featured is HN Bhaskar, the son and disciple of H.K. Narasimha Murthy and Smt. H. N. Rajalakshm. Bhaskar, the grade A violinist of All India Radio and Donrdarsham is widely noted for his emotive and adroit playing and is one of the most sought after violinists of the genre, accompanying top-notch artists as he travels the globe for accompaniment and solo performances.
The much sought after mridangam artist from India, Patri Satish Kumar, was initiated into the art of percussion by his mother Padmavathy, a renowned violinist and had his debut at the age of 7. A fine performer and composer with a deep interest to innovate and explore the art form, his specialization is his precise fingering technique and the fine balance of sounds between the treble and bass heads of the mridangam. Kumar continues to evolve a style of his own live and on recordings as a soloist and as part of ensembles.
The concert is free for IFA members and $25 GA for the public, with $50 block reserved seating. Students, seniors and children under age 5 pay $15. Tickets available at the door and online at www.austinifa.org.