Apart from having his own traditional Carnatic music band and a cross cultural one, Yogeswaran has performed with many reputed bands such as the London based ‘Shout’, the 16 member professional Choir London, directed by composer Orlando Gough and Richard Chew and the crossover band Shivanova and “Dissidenten”, a German multi Cultural band….. Prof. Geetha Upadhyaya profiles Yogeswaran Maanikkam for Asian Lite News
Mr Yogeswaran Maanikkam was exposed to the pristine tradition of temple music ‘Tamil Isai’ and the south Indian music ‘Carnatic music’ under the tutelage of reputed teachers in Sri Lanka and India. He soon became a much sought after professional singer, composer and educator of both genres as well as Contemporary music. Yogeswaran, also known as “Yoga” was born 1959 in Meesalai, northern Sri Lanka. He studied at the Jaffna Hindu College before moving to London.His soft and malleable voice comfortably manages a range of pitch, intensity, volume and speed making him a melodious singer in the Indian classical tradition and a great improviser who brings a completely different approach in the contemporary tradition.
Apart from having his own traditional Carnatic music band and a cross cultural one, Yogeswaran has performed with many reputed bands such as the London based ‘Shout’, the 16 member professional Choir London, directed by composer Orlando Gough and Richard Chew and the crossover band Shivanova and “Dissidenten”, a German multi Cultural band.
Yogeswaran’s melodic voice has given life to Jocelyn Pook’s composition, “Voices across the world”, a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations held at the Royal Opera House, London. He was the first Tamil vocalist to hit Hollywood in Stanley Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut” and was also featured in “Stemmer” the musical composed by the British composer Orlando Gough and the Bergen National Orchestra.
The BBC Proms, Glastonbury, the Arts and Ideas Festival (USA), Spital Field festival, Stuttgart Jazz Open, Montreux Jazz festival, Bergen International festival, Delhi International festival, Vienna festival and Womad UK and the reputed Chennai Music Festival, India are a few of the major festivals where Yogeswarn’s music has enthralled many.
In a musical celebrating the bi-centenary of the Norwegian constitution, Yogeswaran played a key role as Mahatma Gandhi. In addition, he has also been featured on many important T V commercials.
Moving to Berlin in 2010, Yogeswaran joined the Global Music Academy (GMA) as a co-ordinator with a vision to bring arts to the people from all over the globe. At the GMA he teaches vocal and instrumental classical Indian music and conducts workshops for visiting groups from all over the Europe.
Yogeswaran strongly feels that protecting and promoting every culture in the world can unite people from different communities by promoting intercultural dialogue, mutual understanding and peaceful co-existence. His CD recordings of “Thirukkural in 133 Ragams”, “Tamil Classics” and “Peace for Paradise” are available at www.fuego.de.
For further information on Yogeswaran and the Global Music Academy, please visit http://academy.global-music-school.net