Raghupathi Dwarakanath Dixit (born 11 November 1974) is an Indian singer-composer, producer, and film score composer who is the frontman for the Raghu Dixit Project, a multilingual folk music band.
Dixit performing at a concert, 2010
|Birth name||Raghupathi Dwarakanath Dixit|
|Born||11 November 1974|
Mysore, Karnataka, India
|Occupation(s)||Singer, music composer, Singer-Songwriter, music producer|
|Past members||Wilfred Demoz|
Bruce Lee Mani
Pranav Swaroop B N
Dixit's music is an amalgamation of Indian ethnic music and styles from different parts of the world. His songs include "Mysore se aayi," "Mumbai," "Antaragni," "Hey Bhagwan," "Har Saans Mein," "Gudugudiya," and "Khidki." Dixit has produced music for contemporary dance and theatre productions including the Indian contemporary dance group Nritarutya, of which, his wife, Mayuri Upadhya, is the artistic director.
Dixit's self-titled debut album was launched by the music director duo Vishal-Shekhar on their new independent record label Vishal & Shekhar Music which collaborated with Counter Culture Records for this release. Raghu Dixit was the first artist on this new label. The album was also released on world music label Wrasse Records and Sony/ATV on 20 September 2010. The album reached #1 on the iTunes World Music charts in the UK. The title music for the show Splitsvilla was also composed and sung by Raghu Dixit. In the season one finale of The Dewarists, the Raghu Dixit Project collaborated with songwriter Rewben Mashangva on the song "Masti Ki Basti".
Collaborating with artists Dixit met during his previous concerts in the UK, the Raghu Dixit Project released their second studio album, Jag Changa. The album released on 23 November 2013. The album consists of eight tracks, in Kannada, Hindi and Tamil languages. In an interview with Vishnupriya Bhandaram of The Hindu, he mentions, "Every 200 kilometres in this country, languages change, the dialects change and the food changes, lives and lifestyles change and my music is unique and probably the USP is that it's sung in a vernacular tongue… its adds mystery."
In 2008, he debuted as a music director in the Kannada film industry with Psycho. He also composed and sang a song in the Bollywood movie Quick Gun Murugan. His new Kannada films, Just Math Mathalli and Kote, released soundtracks which were a big hit with audiences.
Raghu Dixit was accused of sexual harassment by an anonymous woman, whose account was shared by a fellow singer, Chinmayi Sripaada on Twitter. The woman, who called the musician “among the top predators”, said Dixit once molested her at a recording. Raghu later accepted that the account of the person leveling allegations against him was mostly accurate but he is not a predator. The singer said he “completely misread” the situation and had immediately apologized to the person concerned and will do so again in private.
Dixit has played many shows all over the world including in the United States, the UK, Korea, Japan, Russia, Hong Kong and India. He has performed at many music and cultural festivals, including Anwesha at IIT Patna, Alcheringa at IIT Guwahati, Aarohi at VNIT Nagpur, FIESTA at Infosys, the Glastonbury Festival, Mood Indigo, Jayciana at SJCE, Dhwani at College of Engineering Trivandrum, Spring Fest at IIT Kharagpur, MANZAR at Institute of Chemical Technology, and the Shrewsbury Folk Festival.
In 2010, he appeared on BBC TV's Later... with Jools Holland which led to one of his songs becoming an instant download hit, and since then he has made several appearances at festivals in the UK and in Europe. In the early months of 2011, he gave a concert as part of London South Bank's 'Alchemy' Festival. He also visited the Andrew Marr Show to perform "Waiting for a Miracle" for a Raghu Dixit Session on BBC Radio 3.
In April 2012, he performed for Queen Elizabeth II of England and Prince Philip, at a Diamond Jubilee Pageant marking 60 years since her accession to the throne in 1952.
|2009||Quick Gun Murugan||Hindi|
|2010||Just Math Mathalli||Kannada|
|2011||Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge||Hindi|
|2017||Happy New Year||Kannada|
|2008||Minchina Ota||Kannada||"Hey Premi"
|2008||Psycho||Kannada||"Ee Tanavu Ninnade"
|2009||Karanji||Kannada||"Ninna Hallige Bandu"||Veer Samarth|
|2010||Just Math Mathalli||Kannada||"Munjane Manjalli"
"Just Maath Maatalli"
|2010||Shankar IPS||Kannada||"Sale Sale"||Gurukiran|
"Jagave Banna Banna"
|2013||North 24 Kaatham||Malayalam||"Porumo"||Govind Menon|
|2013||Tony||Kannada||"Navu Kooguva"||Sadhu Kokila|
|2015||Siddartha||Kannada||"Ninnida Dooraagi"||V. Harikrishna|
|2015||Son of Satyamurthy||Telugu||"Chal Chalo Chalo"||Devi Sri Prasad|
|2015||Srimanthudu||Telugu||"Jaago"||Devi Sri Prasad|
|2016||1944||Kannada||"Prathi Yedeyalli"||Rajesh Ramnath|
|2016||Nannaku Prematho||Telugu||"Don't Stop"||Devi Sri Prasad|
|2016||Janatha Garage||Telugu||"Rock On Bro"||Devi Sri Prasad|
|2016||Aanandam||Malayalam||"Khule Rasthon Pe"||Sachin Warrier|
|2017||Beautiful Manasugalu||Kannada||"Soruthihudu Maneya Maligi"||Bharath BJ|
|2017||April Na Himabindu||Kannada||"Iduvarege Badukidella"||Bharath BJ|
|2017||Happy New Year||Kannada||"Adda Bidde Madesha"
"The Party Anthem"
|2018||Tholi Prema||Telugu||"Break The Rules"||S. Thaman|
|2018||Gultoo||Kannada||"VTU We Love You"||Amit Anand|
|2018||Sankashta Kara Ganapathi||Kannada||"Sankashta Kara Ganapathi"||Ritvik Murulidhar|
|2018||Attempt To Murder||Kannada||"Pade Pade"||Ravidev |
|2018||Krishnarjuna Yudham||Telugu||"Urime Manase"||Hiphop Tamizha|
|2018||Imaikkaa Nodigal||Tamil||"Neeyum Naanum Anbe"||Hiphop Tamizha|
- Dixit, Raghu (19 March 2016). Weekend with Ramesh Season 2 - Episode 25 - March 19, 2016 - Full Episode (in Kannada). Zee Kannada. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
- "Raghu Dixit interview in Kannada | Vishva Kannada". vishvakannada.com. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
- "Naache Mayuri". The Hindu. 2012-01-12. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2016-08-10.
- "Raghu Dixit Album Hits #1 on iTunes, Amazon World Music Charts". Indiecision. Nh7.in. 14 April 2011. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
- "Jag Changa". iTunes. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
- ""Jag Change"". Songdew. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
- Bhandaram, Vishnupriya (28 March 2012). "Music knows no language". Hyderabad, India. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
- "'Psycho' - a unique thought". IndiaGlitz. 2007-04-24. Retrieved 2011-07-02.
- "Yash Raj Films' new banner to launch seven actors in 3 movies". Business of Cinema. 2 April 2011. Archived from the original on 20 October 2011. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
- "Raghu Dixit: Indian music with a western twist". BBC News. 15 April 2012.
- "Let the revelry begin…". 6 March 2013 – via www.thehindu.com.
- "The Raghu Dixit Project". www.facebook.com.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 February 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- "Raghu Dixit Session, World on 3 - BBC Radio 3". BBC.
- "Raghu to perform for the Queen of England - The Times of India". The Times Of India.
- "Culture Diary: Raghu Dixit Awarded". Indian Express. 2011-05-02. Retrieved 2011-07-02.
- "Raghu Dixit, Nandita win at SFM Kalaa Awards". Radio and Music. 27 January 2009. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
- The Raghu Dixit Project won the Best Alternative Act at the UK Asian Music Awards/
- Raghu Dixit gets Wizcraft honour for Best LIVE Performer, the Global Indian Music Academy, 20 January 2014