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Sarod Maestro Rajeev Taranath turns 90

Rajeev espouses honesty, compassion, pluralism and secularism as the most enabling values of life, not as mere embellishments but as a mode of being.


A restless genius: Pt Rajeev Taranath

He is the first Indian to have played at Sydney Opera House, Australia and recently Kannada University at Hampi presented him the most prestigious Nadoja Award for his highest achievement in music.

The CalArts Spring Music Festival, 1998

As Taranath and Chaudhuri proceeded to unfold the infinite layers of possibility that reside within all ragas and talas, the great beauty and sophistication of Indian classical music became clear. Attractive as the various instrumental combinations may have been over the two nights of programming, the greatest, most insightful pleasures emerged in this single performance, when the music was presented in its clear, uncluttered, pristine form.

Recognized as one of the finest Hindustani musicians, he’s received just about every major honor in his field, including the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of Hindustani Instrumental music. As a composer he contributed scores to several acclaimed films, such as 1970’s “Samskara” and 1977’s “Kanchana Sita” and M. T. Vasudevan Nair’s award-winning 1991 “Kadavu.”

Rajeev Taranath, Saalumarada Thimmakka and Prabhu Deva among five from State to receive Padma Shri (15 Aug 2019)

New Delhi: Padma Awards, one of the highest Civilian Awards of the country which are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri, were announced on Friday.

He recites T.S. Eliot with the same ease with which he plays the sarod. A linguist, who once fooled a diverse array of people from different States of India by speaking their own dialect flawlessly, he is also a highly accomplished singer who was invited to become Bollywood’s golden voice. But then Ustad Ali Akbar Khan happened to him, and Rajeev Taranath was hopelessly hooked on the sarod.

A disciple turns 90: Pt Rajeev Taranath remembers Ali Akbar Khan

Pt Rajeev Taranath says music thrives in big cities, but there’s a lack of ‘seriousness of perception’

“Switching fluently from Yemeni Arabic to literary Tamil, from Sanskrit to English, Mysore-based sarod maestro Pandit Rajeev Taranath’s life seems like a nail-biting movie. ” click icon to read more…