When raga meets jazz: Aditya Prakash

The music of Aditya Prakash embodies the complex ebbs and flows of heritage and diaspora. 

Best known for his powerful and emotive voice, the American-born Indian classical vocalist is well-versed in his traditional craft. Karsh Kale – one of the pioneering figures in defining the Asian Underground genre – once said, Prakash is not afraid to take the art form into uncharted territories.

While pursuing his ethnomusicology degree at UCLA, Prakash studied composition under award-winning jazz musician, Tamir Hendlemen, and Hindustani vocal under Ustaad Shujaat Khan. His musical style is heavily inspired by North Indian classical music, Sufi music, Western classical, jazz, flamenco, and hip hop.

The talented musician will be performing in Singapore alongside his sister, celebrated Bharatanatyam dancer Mythili Prakash, in a collaborative production Mara – The Mastermind on Mar 24, at the Esplanade Theatres. Brought to you by Arte Compass in association with Apsaras Arts. To buy tickets click here to visit Sistic or call +65 6348 5555.

Connected to India speaks to Aditya on Mara, the thought process behind the music composition, as well as his fusion music collective Aditya Prakash Ensemble. 

 

Author
Kareyst Lin
Kareyst Lin – Senior Writer

Kareyst has experience in writing about B2B technology for Computerworld Singapore, MIS Asia and CIO Asia; and on government technology for GCIO Asia. Her pet areas are artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and smart cities - these are fueled by her obsession with sci-fi movies and philosophy of mind. An active Yoga practitioner and cat lover, with a background in Indian philosophy, subaltern and diaspora studies.

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