April 16, 2023
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Meet The Artists
Hailed as “India’s Itzhak Pearlmann” by Ozy Magazine, Ambi Subramaniam has been trained by his father and guru Dr. L. Subramaniam since he was three years old, and gave his first performance at the age of seven. He has received the Ritz Icon of the Year Award, the Rotary
Youth Award, two GiMAs (Global Indian Music Award for Best Fusion Album and Best Carnatic Instrumental Album) and Big Indian Music Award (for Best Carnatic Album). He received a ‘Golden Violin’ from Sri Jayendra Saraswati when he was 18.
Along with his sister Bindu Subramaniam, he runs SaPa – the Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts – which trains young children to grow into performing musicians. He also runs the SaPa in Schools program, which helps children develop 21st century skills using music as a gateway. So far, the program impacts over 30,000 children a year.
Ambi plays as part of contemporary world music band SubraMania, which he formed with Bindu. He has performed extensively with his family and collaborated with Larry Coryell, Ernie Watts, Corky Siegel and Shankar Mahadevan. Ambi was a featured soloist at the Violins for Peace concert series which featured Mark O’ Connor, Loyko and others. He also plays as part of the Thayir Sadam Project, a Carnatic fusion collective he formed with Bindu Subramaniam, Mahesh Raghvan, and percussionist Akshay Anantapadmanabhan.
He co-hosts the SaPa Show on Sankara TV, which teaches Indian music to children from the comfort of their homes. The program is broadcast to millions of viewers across the world.
Ambi is a youth delegate at the United Nations for the Sri Chinmoy Peace Meditation group. He has a bachelor’s degree in business management, an MBA, and a Ph.D.
Listen to many of his thrilling renditions including Chakravakam
Himagiri Tanaye and Endaro Mahanubhavulu
Abhishekh Lahiri is a young Indian classical sarod player with training in the three major gharanas of sarod which are Shahjahanpur, Maihar gharana, and Senia Bangash (Gwalior) from his father and guru Pt. Alok Lahiri. Primarily he belongs to the Maihar gharana
Abhisek started performing in public at an early age of 11 years though he got his first break in national level in 1997 when he was invited by Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia to play at "Saath Saath Festival". That year he gave his debut performance abroad in Holland at the "World Kinder Festival" where he was named as a 'Wonder Kid', leading to concerts through Europe, U.K., U.S.A., Canada, Sri Lanka, Japan, Bangladesh, and Singapore. He performed with his father, Pandit Alok Lahiri, as the first Indians at the European Parliament in France, Cannes World Music Festival and also in Canada Culture Days in Toronto.
Abhisek formed a world music trio named IONAH with Japanese guitarist Hideaki Tsuji and Indian tabla player Pandit Parimal Chakrabarty. He is also part of the EMME collective (East Meets Middle East) of Chicago, USA.
In 2017, Abhisek was sent to Morocco and Cyprus as a Cultural Delegate of India by the ICCR, Ministry of Culture, Govt. Of India. Abhisek's music albums "Sparkling Sarod" received a nomination at GiMA (Global Indian Music Academy Awards) in 2010 and in 2014, again his album "Mood Of Puriya Kalyan" got nominated along with the legends of our country such as Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pt Shivkumar Sharma, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Ustad Rashid Khan and many more.
Listen: Raag Shree
Subrata Bhattacharya is one of the leading tabla players in India today with a proficiency in the art which belies his age and humble approach to life. He has performed in various concerts in India and abroad. Subrata is an accompanist of choice of the best known musicians and is acknowledged as an accompanist and soloist who is able to combine knowledge with creativity. Music means much to him and it is this meaning which he wants to spread as a binding force among the youth. Dream Shanti, was a musical project released in 2019 in the USA. A collaboration with renowned and Grammy winner Saxophone player Jeff Coffin and percussionists Roy Futureman Wooten got good responses from the musicians and critics as well.
Subrata has performed with his group for Raaga last year and you can watch this exclusive concert on our Youtube RaagaFL channel
Akshay Anantapadmanabhan is an internationally acclaimed Carnatic percussionist with over 20 years of experience playing the mridangam, South Indian hand drum. He has studied under some of the greatest legends of the Carnatic music world. He is known for his versatile approach to music and has become one of the most sought after mridangam artistes today. Akshay has accompanied and toured with the top artistes in the Carnatic field across the globe, engaged with thousands of individuals in rhythm workshops, and has straddled Carnatic instruments into notable cross-genre collaborations.
Akshay also performed for Raaga's first major event - The Song of Jasmine.