Rasika Shekar is a singer, flautist and composer. She plays the Indian bamboo flute.

Rasika Shekar
BornApril 4
GenresCarnatic, Classical Indian, Fusion World, Contemporary, Jazz, Bollywood, Ghazals
Occupation(s)Singer, flautist
Years active2012–present

Personal life edit

Rasika was born in Dubai and raised in New Jersey, USA.[1] She is trained in Carnatic and Hindustani classical music, initially learning Carnatic vocals from her aunt Vaishali Shankar and violin from her grandmother Gowri Ramakrishnan. She started playing Carnatic flute at the age of 14. Rasika earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Rutgers University but soon after graduating, started spending more time in India to further her studies in Indian classical music and perform there.[2]

Career edit

Marking the beginning of her career, Rasika was invited to tour with ghazal legend Ustad Ghulam Ali Khan as a vocalist where she performed a repertoire of ghazals. She made her Bollywood playback singing debut when composers Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy offered her the opportunity to sing for the film Dekh Indian Circus. She then started performing with the trio in their Bollywood live concerts. Rasika's work in Bollywood playback singing has been featured in films 2 States, Kill Dil, Katti Batti, Love Games.[3] As a flautist, she started performing solo Carnatic flute concerts from a young age and continued on in the United States, Dubai, Chennai and Mumbai. She was featured as a flautist on MTV's Coke Studio Season 2 in Ehsaan and Loy's production single Man Patang.[4] Rasika rose to popularity after a video of her performing with Shankar Mahadevan. She has performed in the US, India, Mauritius, Spain and Singapore.[5][6]

Education edit

Rasika graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in chemical engineering from Rutgers University. She also studied jazz and flamenco music at Berklee College of Music,[7] where she attained her master's degree in performance.[8][9]

Discography edit

Playback Singing – Bollywood

References edit

  1. ^ "Trained in Carnatic flute and vocal music, Rasika Shekhar". The Hindu. January 9, 2015.
  2. ^ "Rasika's journey: From chemical engineer to singer". Radio and Music. September 9, 2015.
  3. ^ "Trained in Carnatic flute and vocal music, Rasika Shekhar". The Hindu. January 9, 2015.
  4. ^ "Rasika Shekar is a flautist and a singer". The Times of India. September 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "Crónica de concierto: Víctor Jimenez Quartet, "Kenny Garrett Mode"". JazzTK. November 22, 2016.
  7. ^ "La Nit de Berklee".
  8. ^ "Rasika Shekar, Flautist/Singer-Music is my emotional outlet". The QS. March 17, 2017.
  9. ^ "Rasika Shekar, Flautist-La Nit De Berklee". Berklee Valencia Campus. July 8, 2017.