Rajeev Taranath


A distinguished exponent of the Senia Maihar Gharana, Pt. Taranathji’s distinctive musicianship demonstrates striking imaginative power, technical excellence and emotional range.   

He has been honored nationally by the Government of India with the 2019 Padma Shri and the 1999-2000 Sangeet Natak Akademi award and within his home state of Karnataka (including the 1998 Chowdiah Memorial and the 2018 Sangeet Vidhwan, 2019 Nadoja awards) where he is recognized as a pioneering influence in South India. A distinguished disciple of the great sarod maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, he also received crucial guidance from two other legendary musicians of this musical lineage,
Pt. Ravi Shankar and Vidushi Annapurna Devi.

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Press Coverage

What a lovely mind for ‘swara’ and tone Rajeev Taranath displays! Each note leaves a lovely, languishing trail of tone behind it.”  – Economic Times, New Delhi

Rajeev Taranath’s sarod improvisations mixed the spiritual and the spirited…the raga began with introspective meditation and proceeded into an exuberant rhythmic celebration.”  – Edward Rothstein, The New York Times

“Rajeev Taranath has evolved a style characterised by the quintessential features of his gharana – depth and profundity in the exploration of raga and the dexterous weaving of sparkling permutations in layakari. The artiste’s musical expression is distinguished by an innate sense of dignity…” –  The Hindu, India