Vinod Krishnan is an established multi-faceted musician – singer, composer and educator. He is a trained singer specializing in South Indian Classical or Carnatic music. He has composed several singles in genres such as pop, classical, acapella and jazz, among others. He has sung extensively for several dance productions that include popular and ancient Indian dance forms such as Bharatanatyam and Kathak. He is also a pianist, who is merit certified in the Digital Keyboard Grade Exams conducted by the Trinity College of Music, London. He has collaborated with artists globally, from cities like Dubai, Toronto, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, San Jose, Dhaka (Bangladesh), Dubai (UAE), to name a few.
Born in Chennai, India, Vinod Krishnan actively learnt Indian Classical music from the age of 4 years from world renowned musicians such as Madurai T.N. Seshagopalan and Neyveli R. Santhanagopalan, who have received the Padma Bhushan awared in 2004 (Padma Bhushan is India’s 3rd highest civilian award for excellence in arts, among other categories).Vinod Krishnan has been a stage performer since the age of 11 years, In 1998, he won the prestigious CCRT (Center for Cultural Research and Training) scholarship awarded by the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. He received this scholarship for South Indian Classical music in the vocal category, for 8 years in a row, until 2006. This scholarship is awarded to students who display exemplary talent in the arts.
Winner of the MIT Ideas Global Challenge and US Creative Business Cup 2012, IndianRaga is an educational startup founded at MIT. One of the avenues that IndianRaga provides to further the arts, is a 10-12 day fellowship to bring together world class musicians to collaborate over, to create world class music productions that go viral on social media and represent the highest quality and novel ways of musical collaboration. In the 2016 fellowship Vinod Krishnan was selected as a senior fellow for South Indian Classical music (Carnatic music). He created several viral video productions that showcased his excellence in Indian music and other genres like pop, acapella, jazz as he combined several genres to create new soundscapes that went viral on social media and was praised by eminent artists and were featured in digital news media.
IndianRaga Fellowship 2017
Impressed by Vinod’s creativity and professionalism in the 2016 fellowship, IndianRaga invited Vinod to return to their 2017 fellowship as Creative Director for music. In this role, Vinod created, arranged and performed in several music productions with the 2017 fellows. He mentored over 30 teams of musicians and singers to create novel music productions that furthered the art forms and went viral on social media and continue to do so. He also evaluated, judged and shortlisted the fellows from a talent pool of several hundred highly talented applicants globally. Candidates applied from USA, India, Dubai, U.K, to name a few countries. Vinod evaluated candidates not only in the South Indian Classical music categories for vocal and instruments, but also in other categories of the fellowship such as North Indian Classical music (a.k.a Hindustani Classical music), Contemporary vocal and instrumental and World music vocal and instrumental.Seeing his success at the 2016 fellowship, IndianRaga and other independent artists collaborated with Vinod to create viral videos.
Vinod Krishnan will soon be performing at Indian Raga's first ever concert in London. He is going to perform 2 concerts in London and conduct workshops, as a featured performer for IndianRaga's first ever "IndianRaga Festival". The fest is on Jan 19 and 20 in London. He will be performing live along with Mahesh Raghvan, another musician from Bangalore. Mahesh and Vinod are both creative directors for IndianRaga since 2017.
Those of you who have been around from the 1960's through the 1990's will remember the vibrant live music scene in almost every starred hotel in India. Those were the days when you walked into a nightclub like 'Rendezvous' at The Taj Mahal hotel and 'Supper Club' at the Oberoi Sheraton in Mumbai to see curtains going up on a band that was the prime focus of these outlets. Every seat in these restaurants allowed an unobstructed view of the band that performed every night on resident contracts. Today all this has disappeared thanks to some ridiculously high entertainment taxes on live music. Today, non off these hotels have complete bands playing save for a few that feature small duos or solo singers. The Lodhi in New Delhi, recently listed among the world's best hotels, decided to step in and rewind to the good old days. They got Goa's premier jazz quartet 'Jazz Junction' to move to Delhi on a resident contract and the decision has paid off in terms of footfalls generated by the band. Jazz Junction featuring singer Daniella Rodrigues, pianist Tony Dias,
bassist Colin D'Cruz and drummer Angelo Colasco began playing at The Lodhi in June 2018. Four months into the contract the band generated a sizeable following, with quite a few high profile guests choosing to celebrate their special occasion at the Elan bar where the band performs. Against all odds the rewind option proved to be a huge success and hopefully other properties around the country takes the cue to trigger a whole new revival of live music.