Aditya Prakash, an award-winning vocalist known for his powerful and emotive voice, is one of the foremost young virtuosos of Carnatic music, the traditional classical style of South India.
A Los Angeles native, Prakash's intensive musical studies began during his childhood, from a family richly immersed in South Indian arts and culture. At only 16 years of age, he became one of the youngest musicians to tour and perform with sitar maestro Ravi Shankar, accompanying him at the prestigious Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and Disney Concert Hall.
Today Prakash continues to collaborate with leading innovators and artists, including Anoushka Shankar (featured on her GRAMMY nominated album, Traveler), Armenian pianist Tigran Hamasyan (working together on a new album planned for release in 2021), Asian Underground artist Karsh Kale, and most recently the acclaimed dancer and choreographer Akram Khan in his final solo work, XENOS, touring internationally from 2018-202.
In 2010, Prakash founded the Aditya Prakash Ensemble. The group's unique collaboration took root during the members' ethnomusicology studies at UCLA, where their horizons for new cross-cultural musical explorations were vastly expanded. The group of imaginative young musicians, while bridging seemingly disparate styles of music, created a boldly innovative and dynamic mix of Indian classical ragas, chants, and rhythms with the modern sounds of brass band arrangement, jazz harmony, and hip-hop infused beats. They have established a space where Indian classical and jazz aesthetics intertwine in an engaging, contemporary way.