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A whiz kid from a family of musicians

December 18, 2008
Text: Shobha Warrier | Photograph and video: Sreeram Selvaraj

23-year-old Abhishek Raghuram, grandson of the legendary Mridangam player, Padmashri Palghat Raghu, is described as one of the most promising young vocalists in the field of Carnatic music.

In this interview, the young musician talks about why he chose to be a professional Carnatic musician.

Growing up in a musical family

It was a big advantage for me to grow up in an atmosphere filled with music. I grew up witnessing the Mridangam classes my grandfather used to take. That helped me develop not only an interest in music but helped my rhythmic knowledge. I used to sit on his lap while he took classes for other children.

My mother was a violinist. Her mother is Lalgudi Jayaraman's sister. My mother's sister is Jayanti Kumaresh, a Veena player. So, you can say I have inherited the interest for music from all sides.

I would say my grandfather played a pivotal role in my career, and I have learnt a lot from him not just directly but indirectly too; by just observing him and also by asking him a lot of questions. It is a big advantage to grow up as the grandson of such a legend.

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