Prakash Sontakke is a multifaceted musician, innovator and Director, based in Bengaluru (India) with international awards – he won a Grammy for his path-breaking music composed and rendered with musicians from abroad (album 'Winds of samsara'). He is also a well-known slide guitar artiste, broadcasting Indian classical music. a film maker and a motivational speaker.
Manasi Prasad is a noted classical vocalist from Bangalore and the Museum Director of the Indian Music Experience - India's first hi-tech interactive music museum.
Manasi has learnt Carnatic classical music from renowned gurus such as RK Padmanabha in Bangalore and Sriram Parasuram in Chennai. She started performing concerts at the age of 9 and since then has performed widely across India and in 6 continents around the world. Manasi is a recipient of several awards in music, including the prestigious Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar from the Sangeet Natak Akademi, Govt. of India. She was the first recipient of Rotary-Brigade Young Achiever’s Award.
Manasi is an engineering graduate, and went on to do her MBA from IIM Bangalore. She has been awarded a Fellowship by the TED Organization, and has been recognized as one of the 35 'Indians of Tomorrow' by the India Today publications.
Sruthi was born into a musical family and surrounded by many musical influences. She developed a keen interest in music from a very young age, often displaying her creativity through her music and drama performances in school. She obtained merits in music and drama from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and merits in her Grade 8 Western Vocal, Bassoon and Grade 6 Piano from the ABRSM examinations. Her talent and efforts earned her places on the Birmingham Schools' Symphony Orchestra and her school's chamber choir. She has toured with and accompanied notable soloists as a Principal Bassoonist with both ensembles within the UK and abroad. She has a great appreciation for all musical styles and genres and has further explored this by learning Carnatic violin. She started her initial learning from Vid Gnanasundaram Ayyakannu Desigar. She is currently pursuing under Maestro Vittal Ramamurthy. Sruthi is currently a dental student and she strives to continue her musical involvement by raising funds for charitable causes through her concerts and performances.
Multi-award-winning music artist, cultural ambassador and music teacher. Soprano, pianist and composer of experimental music with performances at renowned music venues. Coordinator of music projects at the Pedagogical area of the Department of Ladin Culture and Education in Bolzano (Italy). Master’s degree in piano and singing at the Conservatory of Trento and in Foreign Languages and Literature at the University of Trento. Author of multimedia music productions to fulfil the dream of a better world through music and art and to promote the artistic and cultural heritage in an innovative way. Well-known as Dolasila, the protagonist of a famous Ladin legend of the Dolomites she interprets in various music and film productions and for her intense cultural activity for the preservation and promotion of Ladin culture.
Khatija Rahman started her philanthropic journey by volunteering her time at Adyar Cancer Institute, one of the prominent cancer institutes in Chennai, and also at the Little Flower School for the blind. She is constantly building on projects enhancing the power of women's empowerment, small businesses and entreprenurs.
A graduate of commerce from Stella Maris and a Youth Red Cross volunteer, Khatija Rahman has also finished her Bachelors and Masters in Islamic Studies from B.S. Abdur Rahman College, Vandalur.
She is a singer who has had her debut in the movie ‘Robot’ and has sung the title track in all three languages. She is training in Hindustani music, Western vocals and piano. Her recent accomplishment in the music field is she collaborated with the famous U2 on a song called AHIMSA which gained worldwide recognition.
At present she is the Director and Trustee of The A R Rahman Foundation and is aligned closely with capacity building and Music research projects.
She believes in using her music abilities to support various causes. Her recent music single Farishton had an animated music video which spoke about the women’s empowerment, unity in diversity and spreads the message of empathy.
Mahesh vinayakram illustrious son of Padma Bhushan T.h.Vikku Vinayakram singer from the Rhythm family 3rd generation family musician continuing the musical legacy and the first Indian to be casted in the famous theatre Cirque Du Soleil UNESCO millennium awardee has travelled extensively to U.S, U.k, Canada,Asia,Africa and other countries for my music and music production.
Described as a "third generation prodigy" by the Hindustan Times and "a Bangalore woman changing the way children learn" by Femina Karnataka magazine, Bindu Subramaniam is a singer/songwriter, entrepreneur, author and music educator. She has been performing on stage since she was 12, and her first solo album was critically acclaimed and nominated for a GiMA (Global Indian Music Awards). Bindu is the Dean of the Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts (SaPa), an institute that trains musically inclined children to become professional performers. In 2014, she started the SaPa in Schools program, an initiative to create an ecosystem for music education in India. SaPa in Schools works with over 30,000 children across India. Along with her brother Ambi Subramaniam, she started a contemporary world music band, SubraMania in 2013. In 2018, she created The Thayir Sadam Project with Ambi and Carnatic fusion artist Mahesh Raghvan. The Thayir Sadam Project has received millions of views online and been featured across national media. Bindu chairs the Bangalore chapter of the All India Management Association's Young Leaders Council, and was a delegate of the Australia India Youth Dialogue in 2018. She was also invited to Israel in 2018, as part of the delegation that contributed to advancing India-Israeli ties. Earlier in 2019, Bindu co-authored India’s first series of textbooks dedicated to teaching the Indian violin. She is now working on creating undergraduate courses in music education, technology, and performance. Bindu has a master's degree in law from London University, a master's certificate in songwriting and music business from Berklee College of Music, a Montessori diploma, an MPhil, and a PhD in Music Education.
Born and raised in a family of musicians, Vijayashri Vittal started her musical training from her grandmother, Krishnaveni and her father, Vidwan Vittal Ramamurthy, an internationally acclaimed violinist and under the tutelage of Vidwan SP Ramh. Currently she is undergoing advanced training from world renowned vocalist, Vidushi Bombay Jayashri. Her rigorous training under her gurus opened avenues for her to groom herself not only as a performing artiste, but also as a teacher and creative collaborator, thus making her a multifaceted artist. Vijayashri has performed charity concerts in old age homes and for differently abled children. As a part of an initiative by her guru Smt Bombay Jayashri, she teaches music to children in Manjakudi and Tiruvarur villages in South India. She strongly believes that music has the power to heal people. She has been working with children in the autism spectrum using Carnatic music. Every year, she joins hands with her family and plays a vital role in conducting the ‘Karunbithil Shibira’ at their ancestral home in Nidle, Dharmasthala. Vijayashri has given many vocal performances in the December Music Festival, Chennai and other reputed venues in India. She has had the privilege to travel around the world with her Guru and has also given solo performances at few major cities abroad. She has been a part of Guru Bombay Jayashri's productions like Meghadhootham, Ananda, Meera and others. In the landmark production, ‘Meera, the Soul Divine’ by legends, Padmashri Chitra Visweswaran and Guru Bombay Jayashri, she has rendered voice alongside her Guru. She has collaborated in many vocal performances like the Trigart festival of Dharamshala, the Gaiety Theatre of Shimla, the Town Hall of Mangalore, IGNACA Delhi etc. She has been awarded many prizes for her Classical Vocal and Bhajan performances.
Uma Ranganathan is blossoming as a solo vocalist under the illustrious wings of Vidushi Smt.Gayathri Venkataraghavan, eminent Carnatic vocalist and teacher, and undergoing intense training on Layam under the wings of Vidwan Shri.Erode Nagaraj, renowned Mridangam performer and Teacher. Uma is a certified music therapist. She has also been teaching music for the past 7 years and has worked with the NGO-Music Basti in New Delhi, to help children in mental healing through music. Besides music, she has also been trained in Bharatanatyam for 16 years, under the tutelage of Smt. Jayalakshmi Eshwar, New Delhi. She has a Masters in Human Resource Management from London School of Economics and Political Science, and is currently working as a Senior HR Leader in the Energy industry in Norway.
Iulia is currently a student in the final year of a Musicology bachelor program at the National University of Music in Bucharest. At 7 years old I began studying the piano, and she hasenrolled in the Dinu Lipatti National College of Music in 5th grade, from which she graduated in 2017. She attended piano masterclasses with both Romanian pianists (such as Viniciu Moroianu) and foreign ones (such as Georgy Gromov and Maria Masycheva). She has participated and received awards in music theory national olympiads and also piano competitions (both national and international) and recitals. As a university student, She has participated in symposiums and musicology competitions, contributed articles to the university journal, and was a member of the students` jury at the Suzana Szörenyi International Duo Competition ( also wrote in the competition`s magazine).
Rakhi is a music performer, currently learning Carnatic Music under Dr. Aruna Thampy. She is currently working in a Corporate Company in Bangalore, India.
Harshitha Krishnan is a performing and recording artist and music educator of Indian origin from Lagos, Nigeria. Hailing from a strong background in western classical music, she embraced soul, R&B, alternative, jazz, Indian folk and other world music styles, creating her own distinctive and eclectic sound: a fusion of Indian and contemporary western elements. Performing her original music as well as her arrangements of popular songs from around the world, Harshitha creates a singular musical experience that takes listeners on a journey of unfiltered emotions, exploring sounds and textures from around the world. An artist with a vision to affect positive change in attitudes towards woman, mental health, the LGBTQIA+ and race, Harshitha aligns her social, philosophical and political views with the nature of the music she performs.
Vidita Kanniks is a multi-faceted vocalist specializing in ensemble music, historical performance and cross-cultural work. Equally at home with her background in Indian Classical music and her Western classical training she strives to represent both sides authentically in her unique artistic identity. Most recently, she was a winner of the 2020 International Young Soloist's Award through the Kennedy Center, DC. Vidita spent the 2019-20 season in residence with the UK-based ensemble VOCES8 as a member of their US Scholars Program. Vidita has been recognized by audiences around the globe for her collaborative work with her father, Dr. Kanniks Kannikeswaran. She has studied both within the Hindustani and Carnatic musical traditions, particularly in the Dhrupad style of vocal technique and interpretation. Her unprecedented interdisciplinary work in this area paired with her sensitive musicianship and affinity for language has led her to gain attention through social media content and live performances across the United States and internationally. Vidita holds Bachelor’s degrees in Vocal Performance and Music History from the University of Cincinnati (CCM) with a minor in French, and a Master’s degree in Early Music Performance from McGill University in Montreal, Québec. She is a member of Early Music America's Emerging Professional Leadership Council and is also a contributing author for online journal American Kahani’' She currently resides in Cincinnati where she is active as a teaching artist and vocal instructor in both Western and Indian classical disciplines.
Ben is Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, co -Director of the professional choir London Voices, assistant Director of music and Bye- Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge. He sits on the advisory board of British Carnatic Choir. His compositions and arrangements are published by Peters Edition, Oxford University Press and Faber Music. H has made over 100 recordingd. He is also a house composer for production music company, Audio Network.
George Brooks is an American saxophonist known for combining jazz and Indian classical music. He is the founder of the jazz fusion groups Summit, Aspada, Bombay Jazz, the Raga Bop Trio, and Elements. George Brooks is a prolific and diverse saxophonist and composer, acclaimed for successfully bridging the worlds of jazz and Indian classical music. He is the founder of Indian fusion groups Summit with Zakir Hussain, Steve Smith, Kai Eckhardt and Fareed Haque; Bombay Jazz with Larry Coryell and Ronu Majumdar; the Raga Bop Trio with Steve Smith and Carnatic guitarist Prasanna and Elements with Indian violinist Kala Ramnath and Dutch harpist Gwyneth Wentink. Brooks began his study of jazz with Count Basie saxophonist, Frank Foster and continued at the New England Conservatory of Music, with George Russell, Joe Allard and Jaki Byard. While attending the Conservatory, Brooks was introduced to Indian classical music and became entranced by its melodic beauty, rhythmic complexity and deep spiritual core. After graduating, Brooks travelled to India where he met master vocalist Pandit Pran Nath, the giant of north Indian music who deeply influenced pioneering composers LaMonte Young and Terry Riley. Brooks immersed himself in study with Pran Nath, cooking and caring for his “Guruji”, in exchange for knowledge. This is the traditional Indian style of learning known as “guru-shishya parampara”. In addition to performing and composing, Brooks has taught on the faculties of UC Santa Cruz, Mills College and the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, CA and leads master classes at colleges and schools around the world.
Siji loves to be known as the Eternal Soul seeker, and has donned multiple hats as a Corporate Leader, Trainer, Facilitator, Keynote speaker, Coach and as a Passion-Preneur. Her multiple certifications combined with her real-world corporate experience of more than 23 years, has conceptualized hand crafted solutions to deliver across the spectrum of her audience. Siji is an impactful facilitator and a TEDx Speaker too. Recently she was awarded the Karmaveer Chakra and the International WEE (Women Excellence Empowerment) Rising Women award for her service to the Women community to enable them unleash their best version. Her forte has been into Leadership Trainings, People Management skills and Women oriented programs (Leaders in Lipstick) all driving the single objective of Human Capital development through engaging practices and tools bagged through her versatile exposure. She has conducted 750+ corporate and open workshops (Offline & Online) with more than 30,000 participants spread Globally. She has been invited as a Speaker on various prestigious platforms like IIM Ahmedabad, Kala Ghoda Arts Festival etc. Very recently she addressed 18000 young Indians on a virtual platform organized by CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) A highly committed and positive person, she is a passionate L&D professional and her thirst for this industry has made her build on various certifications to complement her domain. She is a: Lions Certified Instructor from Lions International (LCIP) Certified Trainer from International Board of Certified Trainers (IBCT) Associate Certified Coach from International Coach Federation (ICF) Certified in ROI methodology© by Dr. Jack Phillips, from the ROI institute, USA Certified in Consultative framework for ROI practice from the ROI institute, USA Certified in Emotional Skills Assessment Process (ESAP)® through EI learning systems, US
Sriji is aprolific composer, performer, educator, ‘A’ Top grade artist recognized by All India Radio (the Indian government through their radio network grades artists and “A” Top is the highest ranking), studied South Indian classical music from his father P. A. Venkataraman. For over four decades Poovalur has performed with leading artists from both South and North Indian classical traditions. Since his move to the United States he has performed and recorded with Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Béla Fleck, Mark O’Connor, John Bergamo, and Glen Velez to name a few. Poovalur has composed several pieces portraying the South Indian idioms. He has received several awards from leading institutions, and the album Tabula Rasa, on which he composed and performed with Béla Fleck, V. M. Bhatt and J. P. Chen, was nominated for a Grammy. He is the founding member of the group Brahmah. He also founded and directed the SNEW and South Indian Cross- Cultural Ensemble at California Institute of the Arts (1990-1998). Prior to that he taught at San Diego State University (1986-1990). Currently at the University of North Texas, Sriji teaches mridangam and directs the multi-cultural ensemble The Bridge.
Dr Dabke is a renowned Kathak exponent, dancer, teacher and choreographer from the cultural hub of Dombivili in Thane Dist, India. She started her formal training in Kathak under the guidance of Guru Nrityalankar Dr. Manjiri Deo at the tender age of 6. She has completed her Nrutya Visharad, Nrutya Alankar with first class from Akhil Bharataiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya and Masters in Kathak from Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune. She has pursuing advanced ‘Layakari’ training under the guidance of Guru Taalmani Pandit Mukund Raj Deo. Under the banner of ‘Shree Mudra Kala Niketan’ she teaches Kathak and train many kids and adults from last 18 years. She has trained many people and many have completed Nrutya Visharad and Nrutya Alankar under her guidance. She also runs a charitable organization named ‘Pratibha Kala Pratishthan’ who caters Special Kids, Visually Impaired Girls, Slow Learners, Deaf and Dum kids. She really enjoyed teaching such kids which gives her a soulful satisfaction. She believes dance is a psychological process which improves the physical and metal process of humans.
Stephen Bryant was born in Croydon, London and began playing the piano at the age of 5 and the violin at 6. At 18, he won a joint first study scholarship to the Royal College of Music studying violin with Professors Kenneth Piper and Hugh Bean – both pupils of the great English violinist, Albert Sammons and piano with Professor Angus Morrison. Whilst there, he won every violin prize open to him and, in addition the medal of The Worshipful Company of Musicians, two Leverhulme Scholarships, the Craxton Trust Award and first prize in the Royal Overseas League Competition. After further study with Professor David Takeno he was appointed co-leader of the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 24 – a position he held until taking up his present post of Leader of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 1992. In addition to his BBC role he is in demand as a guest leader and has led all the major British orchestras and a number of orchestras in America, Europe and Asia. As a concertmaster he has collaborated with some of the world’s finest conductors including Pierre Boulez, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, Witold Lutoslawski, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Sir Georg Solti, Sir Michael Tippett, Maxim Shostakovich, Klaus Tennstedt, Sir Andrew Davis, Sakari Oramo and the late Jiri Belohlavek.