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Shri. SURESHRAJ RAMACHANDRAN 

            Suresh Raj Ramachandran was born on 24 july 1972, did his High School from St. Marys Mat. Hr. Sec.School and completed his graduation in Mechanical Engineering from Dr. MGR Engineering College and Tabla Visharad from Ghandharva Maha Vidhayalaya.

 

            He Started learning tabla at the age of 10 from Pt Kalburgi Dattatray of Gadag who is one of he  disciples of Ustad Amir Hussain Khan saab and did his Guru Shishya parampara from Ustad Haji Baba Saheeb Mirajkar saab of Kholapur

           Suresh  has performed  tabla solo and accompaniment at various places in India and Abroad.

 

        Suresh has performed at most of the prestigious music conferences and utsavs in India with Pandit Dr. S.Ballesh Guruji's party.        

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            Currently, He  is working as Audio Grapher in South Indian Film Industry and also in Television Media worked more than hundred films. Sureshraj has given lecture and demonstration in Malaysia for Indian Music Training program conducted by Astro network and also did workshop at American School chennai. 

Notable concerts - Vocal  & Shehnai 

Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahostav , Pune

Shri Baba Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan , Jalandhar, Punjab

Delhi Classical Music Festival, Sahitya  Kala Parishad, Delhi

Ganga Mahotsav, UP  Govt., Benaras

Kashi- Vishwanath Festival - Benares

Tansen Sangeet Samaroh , Bhopal

Shehnai Mahotsav  , Bharat Bhavan , Bhopal

Sur Singar Sansad Sangit Sammellan , Mumbai

Pandit Mallikarjun Mansur Sangeet Utsav , Dharwad

Smt. Gangubhai Hangal Sangeet Sammellan , Hubli

Ganayogi Panchakshari Gavayi Sangeet Sammellan , Gadag

Pandit Kumar Gandharv Sangeet Sammellan , Belgaum

Spirit of Unity Concert , Tirupati 

Pt. Motiram - Pt. Maniram Music festival , Ernakulam , Hyderabad

Gaanayogi Swar Utsav , Dharwad

 

Notable Jugalbandi performances

He has played Shehnai alongside many senior artistes like Shri. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Ustad Shaid Parvez Khan, Shri. Ronu Majumdar, Shri. Atul Kumar Upadhyay, Rafique & Shafique Khan along with Pt.S. Ballesh and was blessed to have the accompaniment of seniors like Yogesh  Samsi, Ravindra Yavagal, and Subhankar Banerjee. 

 

Accompanied Hindustani Vocals with his Guruji Ustad Rashid Khan Sahab in many concerts, notably :

Bombay Barkha Ritu , Ustad Rashid Khan , Banyan Tree 

Chennai ‘Aadi Anant' Music Fest , Organised by Citi and NCPA

Jalsa - Music for the Soul’, Art and Artistes , Kozhikode , Kerala

Splendor of Master's, Ustad Rashid Khan in Chennai 

The Hindu Nov Fest, Chennai, Hyderabad -  Naad Ninaad , Jugalbandi of Ustad Rashid Khan and Sitar Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan 

Bengaluru ‘Aadi Anant' Music Fest , Organised by NCPA.

 

Fusion, Folk  & Popular Music

Krishna has performed with playback singer and music composer A. R. Reihana for "Indian Fusion Music Festival", held in Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center, Maryland, United States of America & 

In 2019 he performed in Malaysia with music composer A. R. Reihana for Sufi and Film music festivals held in Malacca.

 

Film Music

Krishna has played Shehnai for many Indian composers including Maestro Ilaiyaraaja and Oscar winner A. R. Rahman in several Indian movies. He has played shehnai duet in the 2014 Hollywood movie The Hundred-Foot Journey for the track titled “India Calling” along with his father.

 

Contribution to Hindustani Sangeet

Co Founder : Tansen Academy of Music

To propagate the legacy of his Gurus’ Ustad Bismillah Khan Shehnai & Pt. Puttaraja Gawai, he co founded Tansen Academy of Music in Chennai along with his father for promoting Hindustani music and shehnai.The institute has over 500 students who learn classical music - Vocal, Tabla, Sitar, Flute and Shehnai

 

Ras Barse Utsav- in commemoration of Guru Ustad Bismillah Khan , is his brainchild . An annual music festival, it's a vibrant platform to promote Hindustani classical music in Chennai and South. The Ustad Bismillah Khan Kala Puraskar and Yuva Kala Puraskar is conferred on this occasion.