Chitravina N. Ravikiran (born February 12, 1967) Mysore, Karnataka, India, is one of India's most celebrated musicians today. A slide instrumentalist, vocalist, composer, guru, author & orator, he is also the creator of the innovator of the concept Melharmony in world music. He is the grandson of famous musician Gotuvadyam Narayana Iyengar.
Hailed as the Mozart of Indian Music, Ravikiran made his first appearance at the age of two  in April 1969. Soon after that he was presented in The Madras Music Academy, Krishna Ghana Sabha he was able to identify and render about 325 ragas (melodic scales) and 175 talas (rhythmic cycles) of Carnatic music. He was quizzed by legendary musicians including Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Pandit Ravi Shankar, M S Subbulakshmi and Flute T R Mahalingam.
Ravikiran trained extensively under his father, Chitravina Narasimhan. He debuted as a vocalist in 1972, at Coimbatore at the age of five. At the age of 10, he switched over to the 21-stringed chitravina and gave his maiden chitravina concert at age 11. He established himself as a frontline Indian string instrumentalist within the next 3 years with recitals in front-line venues and festivals including a 24-hour non-stop solo concert in July 1985 in Chennai. From 1986-96, Ravikiran had the rare distinction of training under the celebrated vocalist T.Brinda, widely acknowledged as a musicians' musician, which added a whole new dimension to his perception of the microscopic nuances of music.
Composer and Director
Ravikiran has over 600 classical Indian compositions to his credit and is the only Indian composer to have created pieces in each of the 35-talas of Carnatic Music. His pieces combine innovative traditionalism, inventive rhythms and often interesting lyrics and themes. He has also created music for Western Classical Symphony Orchestras, Chamber Orchestras, String Quartets as well as Caprices for solo violins. He has actively collaborated with top world artistes including Taj Mahal, Glen Velez, Larry Coryell and orchestras such as BBC Philharmonic and Sacramento Symphony.
Operatic dance creations of Ravikiran's include Lakshmi Prabhavam, Savithri, Vinayaka Vaibhavam, Ramayana (Bala Kandam and Yuddha Kandam) and Panchakriya. He has also scored music for cross-cultural dance productions such as Cosmos" & "Pushed to the Edge and directed the course of dance project "Divine Equations" with Dr Vyjayantimala Bali and Natya Dance Company, Chicago, based on Oottukkadu Venkata Kavi's compositions.
Guru and Educationalist
Ravikiran has trained and presented numerous performing disciples. He pioneered the innovative method of tele-teaching in 1996. He is the first guru in world music to have used the Flip teaching method through well-structured syllabuses online, with video lessons in the music education website Acharyanet.com.
Ravikiran conducted a special music camp for over 31,000 students in Tamil Nadu, India and provided syllabuses for Music Education in Schools in India for Grades I - VIII. He has also introduced Indian music through Melharmonic creations for Middle and High School level orchestras in School Districts in USA such as Middleton, WI. 
Author and Orator
Ravikiran is the author of several books such as, Appreciating Carnatic Music, Perfecting Carnatic Music Level I and II and Life and Contributions of Oottukkadu Venkata Kavi. He is also the founder of the International Foundation for Carnatic Music.
A fluent and witty orator, Ravikiran has lectured extensively across the world on music and allied subjects and presented significant papers in conferences including The Society for Music Theory Conference, The India-Amsterdam Conference and The Music Academy Conference, Madras.
|Adi Vinayakam||Reetigowla||Varnam - Part of Vinayaka Vaibhavam|
|Punnagai azhahil||Surati||Pada Varnam for music & dance|
|Kuzhaloodi konjidum||Mohanam||Pada Varnam for music & dance|
|Sada sharanam||Gowrimanohari||Krti on Vinayaka|
|Sakaleshwara||Hamsadhvani||Krti on Vinayaka|
|Sada nin paadame||Chakravakam||Krti with only descending note-phrases|
|Sharavanabhava||Bilahari||Krti on Shanmukha|
|Rasikapriya||Rasikapriya||Krti on Devi|
|72 Mela Ragamalika Geetam||Ragamalika||Class & Concert level - 73 ragas in 7 mts|
|Bhasha malika krti||Ragamalika||In 5 languages - Tamil, Telugu, Sanskrit, Kannada & Hindi - Opera Ramayana|
|Saadaramutonu||Shankarabharanam||Thematic Swarakshara krti (Every line begins with S,D - R,D - G,D - M,D etc)|
|Sadaa dayato||Hindolam||Thematic Swarakshara krti using SD,- GD,- MD, etc and SM,- GM,- DM, etc)|
|Sari samana||Keshavapriya||Krti - raga discovered by Ravikiran|
|Aashai niraiveridave||Ragamalika||Folksy critique on human nature|
|Aaraadhanai sheivaradi||Ragamalika||Feisty critique on posthumous reverence|
|Unmai unarndor||Ragamalika||Philosophical rumination|
|Vidhiyin vindai||Bhoopalam||On destiny|
|Unnai naadi||Saveri||Padam for music & dance|
|Varuvai muraha||Begada||Javali for music & dance|
|Moha mataladi||Vasanta||Javali for music & dance|
|Pancha raga-tala-jati tillana||Ragamalika||Pallavi, Anupallavi & 3 charanams & reversing raga-tala sequence|
|Tarikita||Khamach||Tillana in Chaturashra Tishra style - Opera Ramayana|
|Takajham tajham||Athana||Dwigati Tillana (Tishram & Chaturashram) in every line|
|Tattom tattom||Kalyanavasantam||Tillana - charanam lyrics alliterate on 'va' to beat|
|Tamarasakshamunu||Behag||Varnam-Interesting plays on swaraksharam in charanam|
Ravikiran is one of the most decorated artistes from India at the International, National, State and artistic levels. In most cases, he has been the first or youngest to have received such recognition, including a Fellowship from The Madras Music Academy at age two.
· Millennium Festival Award (Millennium Commission, Government of UK) - 2000
- Best Contemporary World Album (New Age Voice Awards, USA) - 2001
- Citation from City of Houston, USA
- Citation from City of Tulsa, USA
National & State Level:
- President of India's Sangeet Natak Akademi Award - 2007
· Star of India Award (Wisdom International) - 1985
- Sanskriti Award (Sanskriti Foundation) - 1990
- Kalaimamani (Tamil Nadu State Award) - 1985
- Kumar Gandharva Samman (Madhya Pradesh State Award) - 1996
· Arul Isai Selvan - 1973
- Music Academy Senior Awards - several, since 1979
- Lion's International Award - 1979
- Nada Sudharnava - 1980
- Tantri Gana Visharada - 1983
- Sangeet Samraat (Wisdom International) - 1985
- Rotary Vocational Award - 1985
- Madhura Naada Mannar - 1986
- Isai Peroli (Kartik Fine Arts) - 1991
- Sangeeta Choodamani (Krishna Gana Sabha) - 1995
- Chitravina Vidya Varidhi (Yarl Society, Perth, Australia) - 1996
- Kumar Gandharva Award (Kumar Gandharva Foundation, Bombay) - 2000
- Vadya Ratnakara (India Fine Arts, Austin, TX), 2002
- Lifetime Achievement Award (Kanchi Foundation, India), 2003
- Harvard Sangeet Award (Harvard University, USA), 2005
- TTK Award (Music Academy, Madras, India), 2003
- Sangeeta Sapta Saagara (Shanti Fine Arts, Chennai, India), 2005
- Nalli Season Award (Nalli Foundation, Chennai, India), 2006
- Ragalaya Sagara by Ragalaya Foundation, London, Jan 2008
- Sangeeta Ratnakara, Cleveland, USA, 2010
- Rotary Lifetime Award, July 2011
- GOTUVADYAM NARAYANA IYENGAR - THE WIZARD OF STRINGS
- Abram, David. The Rough Guide to South India (3 ed.). p. 671.
- Middleton, WI
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- A site on the great composer, Oottukkadu Venkata Kavi (1700-65?), whose works have been championed by Ravikiran