Tabla Player , Sound Engineer
Vidwan. SURESH RAJ RAMACHANDRAN
Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar Awardee
Vidwan. SURESH RAJ RAMACHANDRAN
Tabla Player , Sound Engineer , Harmonium Player
Vidwan Suresh Raj Ramachandran is a Chennai-based Hindustani Classical Tabla player and a Sound Engineer, He is a Key Tabla player in Padmashri Pandit Dr. S. Ballesh Bhajantri Shehnai Party. Born on 24 July 1972 and did High School at St. Mary's Mat. Hr. Sec. School and completed his graduation in Mechanical Engineering from Dr. MGR Engineering College and Tabla Visharad from Gandharva Maha Vidyalaya.
He started learning tabla at the age of 10 from Pt Kalburgi Dattatray of Gadag who is one of the 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 Utsav in India with Pandit Dr. S.Ballesh Guruji's party.
Currently, He is working as Audio Grapher in South Indian Film Industry and also in Television Media worked more than a hundred films. Sureshraj has given lectures and demonstrations in Malaysia for the Indian Music Training program conducted by the Astro network and also did workshops at American School Chennai.
Notable concerts -
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 artists like Shri. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Ustad Shahid 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, Organized by Citi and NCPA
Jalsa - Music for the Soul’, Art and Artistes, Kozhikode , Kerala
The 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, organized by NCPA.
Fusion, Folk & Popular Music
Krishna has performed with playback singer and music composer A. R. Reihana for the "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.
Contribution to Hindustani Sangeet
Co-Founder: Tansen Academy of Music
To propagate the legacy of his Gurus’ Ustad Bismillah Khan Shehnai & Pt. Puttaraja Gawai co-founded the 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.