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Aditya Venkatesh is one of the most promising up and coming artistes in the field of Carnatic music. As a young child, his grandmother noticed his passion for music when he could sing ‘Rara venu gopala’ at the age of three. Since then began his musical journey. Born and brought up in Mumbai, Aditya had his initial training under the able guidance of Gurus Sri. Anantharaman Bhagavathar and Sri. Chandrasekar Bhagavathar in Chembur, Mumbai.
His passion for music brought him to Chennai after his high school. Being a Biotechnology student at Anna University, it was his sheer dedication and devotion to the art that enabled him to manage both studies and music and yet maintain high standards in both fields.
In Chennai, he trained under eminent gurus like Sri. V. Subrahmaniam, Smt. Padma Sandilyan and Kalaimamani Sri. Srimushanam V. Raja Rao and most recently, under Smt. Shanta Subramaniam, an eminent musicologist and critic from the DKJ school. Under her guidance, Aditya picked up the DKJ style with ease and side by side, learnt a number of padams and javalis (scholarly compositions on the theme of Sringara rasa). These have helped him understand the finer aspects and nuances of music. In fact, Aditya’s concerts are almost always in the same pattern as DKJ. His extremely traditional and classical style of rendering aalapanais and krithis have won him accolades from critics.
Aditya proved that he is an artiste bestowed with talent and virtuosity. His classical elaboration of the beautiful Bhairavi in all its traditional charm had an expansive range enclosing almost every sangadhi
- H. Ramakrishnan, Critic, Hindu, Chennai
The concert of Bombay Aditya Venkatesh was a benchmark of the artiste’s musical equipment with full of imaginative perceptions
- T K Ganapathy, Critic, Hindu, Coimbatore
Aditya has performed in majority of the reputed sabhas in Chennai and Mumbai. These include Kartik Fine Arts, Vani Mahal, Brahma Gana Sabha, Sri Shanmukhanandh Sangeetha Sabha and Chembur Fine Arts, Mumbai to name a few.
Apart from giving vocal concerts, Aditya has also sung for dance performances of ‘Shree Bharatalaya’ of Prof. Sudharani Raghupathy (Padmashri awardee). He was a part of the music of their ballet ‘Mammudha – from dust to life’ which was staged in December 2008 all over Chennai. He also sung the ‘Mylapore Anthem’ for the recent Mylapore Festival 2009. The track can be found on www.youtube.com
He also appeared in the popular TV show ‘Pudhu Punal’ on DD Podhigai where his maturity in talking about nuances in Carnatic music and singing for Bharatnatyam was well received.
Aditya is now pursuing his PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and hopes to sing away cancer from our lives. He is looking for opportunities to perform in the US and can be reached at 508-801-4749 or email@example.com