Bringing Indian classical music back to life is crafty singer and songwriter, Kartik Raman

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A prodigious musical artist, Kartik Raman, fascinates millions with his haunting voice and pro sense of beats and rhythm. Music was on his mind and soul since childhood. Although he pursued his studies in civil engineering and a master’s degree in urban planning, he did not pursue the work of his qualification. Kartik followed his passion for music as a full time career.

His love for music and his guru Padma Shri Shankar Mahadevan was so pure that he got the chance to collaborate and sing with him. During his master’s studies, there was a collegiate cultural program organized by the Shankar Mahadevan Academy. The winner would have the chance to interact with music legend, Padmashree Shankar Mahadevan.

Being very musically inclined and having amazing musical talent, Kartik won the college competition and got a chance to interact with his soul Guru Shankar Mahadevan. He sang the song Mitwa in front of Shankar Ji in his style as a dedication to his guru. Shankar Ji was very impressed with his performance and promised him that whenever the right opportunity arises, he will make sure Kartik sings with him on stage.

Kartik’s hard work and passion for his music has paid off incredibly! After completing his Masters, he joined Shankar Mahadevan Academy as a Curriculum Designer and Mentor. Shankar Ji and Kartik performed together for the first time at a concert in Bangalore. After that, they did massive shows together. For the past three years, Kartik has been an integral part of the live team of Shankar Mahadevan and Shankar Eshaan Loy.

The SEL concert at Dubai Expo is one of the biggest shows he performed with Shankar Mahadevan, Eshaan and Loy. The extravagant concert of 4and February 2022 was a huge show with huge people. Kartik also auditioned for Tamil Reality show Hariyudan Naan which means “Hariharan & Me”.

Kartik is a Tamilian, born and raised in North India and this show has given him wonderful experience and knowledge of the world of Tamil music. This show was very unique compared to other reality shows in India where contestants did not just come and sing every round and get eliminated like other shows.

Hariharan Ji was very clear about his vision, with participants focusing on establishing versatility rather than competing to win or lose. For this he specially called Ustad Akbar Khan Saheb from Mumbai and made all participants learn the heart of Indian classical music every day. Padmashree Hariharan taught them Ghazal, Thumri, classical and western singing as well as the nuances of movie singing.

Taking advantage of this opportunity, Kartik mastered his musical art and explored himself to the fullest. The grand finale of the show was held in Dubai, and up-and-coming music industry star Kartik Raman won the show with the most votes from the audience. He has toured and performed with Hariharan Ji in India and around the world.

He is the first civilian singer to perform for the Indian Army at the highest battleground in the world – Siachen Base Camp on the eve of Azaadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav. Kartik performed for a series of 4-5 concerts which took place over 3 weeks and also did a special show at Kargil for the Indian Army on 15th August 2021.

Kartik’s success graph reaches a new height every day. He comes across another amazing opportunity to connect with Kathak Legend Padma Shri Dr Puru Dhadheech. Kartik had the opportunity to connect with Kathak Legend Padmashree Dr Puru Dhadheech when he composed a song for the poem which was written by Puru Ji around 40 years ago. It was a surprise for Puru Ji for her 80th birthday celebration.

The song named Phir Tamasha was revealed to him on stage and danced by his disciple Sunil Sunkara in 2018. Puru Ji was very impressed with Kartik’s work and he blessed him with the opportunity to compose for two of the most popular projects. innovators of Kathak. .

After which, he composed the very first Hindi “Padyaanuvad” of popular Shiv Tandav Stotra which is written by Padmashree Puru Dhadheech himself and was performed at Gamak Festival, Ujjain. Kartik also composed Navras which narrates the 9 emotions written by Puru Dhadheech Ji himself again in 2021 which was performed by the students of Dr. Puru Dhadheech.

The journey of promising young talents in the music industry is truly inspiring for the artist. We wish Kartik Raman every success in his future endeavours.

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