South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute


Sat, October 5, 2013 | Jones Auditorium, St. Edwards University, Austin

4:00 PM


Hailing from a family of legendary musicians, as the grandson of the late mridangam legend, Sri Palghat Raghu and with the Lalgudi family name on the mother’s side, music is in Abhishek’s blood.
A child prodigy, Abhishek started learning the mridangam from his grandfather, winning accolades by the age of seven. By 1994, he moved on to vocal performances training under Vidwan Sri. P. S. Narayanaswamy. In 1999, he gave his first international concert tour in the U.S with his grandfather, Sri. Palghat Raghu. Today, Abhishek is one of most heard Carnatic vocalists in India and has performed with several eminent musicians like Dr.T.K.Murthy, Umayalpuram Sivaraman, Karaikudi Mani, Trichy Sankaran, G. Harishankar, Ganesh Kumaresh, Mysore Nagaraj and Manjunath, Jayateerth Mewundi, etc. His recent tours to U.S, Canada, Australia, NewZealand, London and Dubai have won him wide international acclaim.
Possessing a combination of virtuosityaesthetics and intellect, Abhishek has created a new genre in the field of music that, according to critics is “food for the intellect, mind, heart and soul”. He could very well be on his way to creating a new Gharana, something that could have a big impact in the Indian music world. Abhishek is an ‘A’ Grade artiste of All India Radio and his awards include:
  • “Yuva Puraskar” by Sangeet Natak Akademi in September 2013
  • “Senior Outstanding Vocalist” - The Music Academy, Madras during the December Season 2010-11
  • “Vasanth Shrest” by Vasanta Memorial Trust in November 2010
  • “Shanmukha Sangeetha Shironmani Award” by Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha, Mumbai in Decmber 2009
  • “Yagnaraman Youth Excellence Award” by Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai in July 2009
  • “ASTHANA VIDWAN” title from the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam in October 2006
  • “YUVA KALA BHARATHI” from Bharat Kalachar in Dec 2002
  • MOST INSPIRING YOUTH ARTISTE Best Junior vocalist – The Music Academy, Madras in Dec 1999
  • Best concert in the SPIRIT OF YOUTH concert series Best concert in the SPIRIT OF YOUTH concert series conducted by Music Academy in 1997.
This is the special Navarthri concert starting at 4.p.m. and snacks will be served.


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