Carnatic Musician Rithvik Raja deliver a memorable concert at Nehru Centre in London…write Geetha & Prabhakar Kaza
Rithvik Raja, ace Carnatic Musician from India, has performed at Nehru Centre and London International Arts Festival. He has been learning music from the age of 5 (under his mother’s tutelage) and thereafter from the late Sulochana Pattabhiraman.
From the age of 13, he has been learning from T.M. Krishna, the famous winner of Magsaysay award. Training under Krishna has broadened his perspective of music and enabled him to develop a devotion to the art nurtured by innovation and excellence, within the Classical boundaries.
Rithvik has been on stage from a very young age. performed in concerts all over India and at several prestigious venues across the globe and more recently at New Zealand, Abu Dhabi and Malaysia. He is admired for his sonorous voice, unwavering pitch, command of Laya and adherence to classicism. He has a range which covers all three octaves, which has a spell-binding effect on the audience.
At Nehru Centre, he commenced the Concert with Nava raga Varnam spanning nine Ragas –a composition of Veenai Kuppayyar.This was followed by compositions of the Trinity of Carnatic music, 1.Ninne Namminanu by Thyagaraja in Raga Pantuvarali 2. Kamalambike Rakshamam by Dikshitar in Ananda Bhairavi and 3.Parvathy in Raga Kalkada by Shyama Sastri. The main piece of the Concert was Thodi Ragam and Tanam followed by the song Karthikeya Gangeya by Papanasam Sivan. Before concluding the concert he sang the famous composition of Swati Tirunal, Tillana in Raga Dhanashree .The two-hour enchanting Concert ended with a Mangalam by Bhadrachala Ramadasa. The concert which mesmerised the audience was planned to precision and the rendering was resoundingly vibrant. He was supported ably by Parur Shri MS Ananthakrishnan on the violin, Shri Balakumar Paramalingam on the Mridangam and Pujenthan Sivagurunathan on the Kanjira. The 27-year old Rithvik won the hearts of all the UK music lovers with his fervour and enthusiasm.