Anil Srinivasan

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Anil Srinivasan
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Born (1977-06-03) 3 June 1977 (age 45)
OccupationPianist and Music Educator
OrganizationRhapsody Music Foundation

Anil Srinivasan (born 3 June 1977) is an Indian pianist. Born in Chennai, India and educated at the University of Southern California and at Columbia University, New York, he is well known for his collaborative work with Carnatic vocalist Sikkil Gurucharan and for his pioneering work in music education in South India.[1][2][3] Anil Srinivasan was awarded Kalaimamani by government of Tamil Nadu for the year 2019.

Early life[edit]

Anil Srinivasan was born to a Brahmin family.[4] He was brought up in a South Indian traditional atmosphere with Carnatic music all around right from childhood and has studied western classical piano since the age of three.[5]


Solo work[edit]

Anil has performed at various venues across the world including those at the Kaplan Penthouse at the Lincoln Center in New York, the Southbank Centre in London, the Esplanade in Singapore, The Harbourfront Centre in Toronto and The Ashram in Pondicherry, South India. Anil’s solo work marries the Indian classical with the western classical styles. His solo album TOUCH was released in 2015.

Collaborative work[edit]

Anil Srinivasan has collaborated with many well known classical musicians such as Mandolin U. Srinivas, Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman, P. Unnikrishnan, Chitravina N. Ravikiran, Aruna Sairam, Rakesh Chaurasia, Gaurav Mazumdar, The Lalgudi duo, Jayanthi Kumaresh, Mysore Nagaraj, film actress and Bharata Natyam dancer Shobana, Supratik Das and others. He has also worked with prominent film musicians such as Singer Srinivas (singer), Chinmayi, Saindhavi, Shweta Mohan, Naresh Iyer, Madhu Balakrishnan, Harini, Anuradha Sriram, Navin Iyer and others.

Through his collaboration with vocalist Sikkil Gurucharan, includes 6 published albums and several national and international tours.

He is also known for having organized alternative performing arts platforms and festivals such as the Festival of Parallels, an annual festival in the city of Chennai, the Children's Musical Rhapsody(an annual children's arts festival).[6] and his television show "Keys and Conversations" on NDTV-Hindu, co-anchored with Anuradha Ananth. He regularly works and records with noted vocalist and composer Vedanth Bharadwaj. Anil has also worked with UK-based Milapfest in cross-cultural educational projects.

Internationally, he has worked with the Eli Yamin Jazz Quartet (from the US), Pete Lockett (Percussion), Dominique DiPiazza, Randy Bernsen (Guitar), Mark Stone in a recent collaborative performance, members of the National Traditional Performing Arts repertory in Korea (where he was invited as an Artist-In-Residence).

He has worked with well-known dancers including the Dhananjayans, Ramli Ibrahim from Malaysia, Anita Ratnam, Anandavalli (Australia) and the Lingalayam Dance Company, among others. He composes and scores music for several productions in the theatrical space as well. In 2013, Anil embarked on a project with the Southbank Centre's famed Alchemy Festival, where he has trained teachers of Western Classical music in the nuances and pedagogy of Indian music in classrooms.

Music education[edit]

For children[edit]

Anil is passionate about music education for children across all strata of society. In 2012, Anil founded Rhapsody – Education Through Music. Rhapsody now reaches over 400,000 children in South India. His work with setting up initiatives for children from different backgrounds is evident through his association with NalandaWay, an NGO that strives tirelessly to provide arts-based educational inputs to children from difficult backgrounds.[7]

For adults[edit]

Anil Srinivasan is also a speaker on music and its effect on human behavior, organizational processes and related topics at various forums. He continues to write about music for various publications and media.[8][9]


He has written extensively on music for several leading dailies The Hindu, The New Indian Express,[10] The Times of India, Deccan Chronicle, magazines and periodicals. He speaks regularly at conferences related to music, education and entrepreneurship and has been featured at prominent conclaves such as TED INDIA and THINK festivals.

Awards and recognition[edit]

1989 - Rachel Morgan Prize - Best Pianist in the Commonwealth

2009 - Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for creative and experimental music from the central Sangeet Natak Akademi.[11][12]

2010 - Ritz Icon - South India]

2013 - Swami Haridas Puraskar, Vrindavan, India

2017 - Ken Hobbs Citation for Social Responsibility by Rotary Foundation

2017 - Pride of Tamil Nadu[13] by Round Table India

2019 - Kalaimamani by Government of Tamilnadu


Year Show channel Notes
2017 – 2018 Sundays with Anil and Karky Zee Tamil Anchor with Madhan Karky

Compositions and commissions[edit]

Various theatre projects (1997–present)[edit]

Dance works[edit]



  • Music India, Milapfest (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Southbank Centre, London (2013)
  • National Centre for the Traditional Performing Arts, Korea (2011)[26]
  • The Lingalayam Dance Company, Sydney, Australia in association with the Parammatta Arts Council (2010)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Ramakrishnan, N. (22 July 2019). "Hitting a new note for education". @businessline. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  2. ^ "Education Through Music: In Conversation with Anil Srinivasan". Serenade. 6 July 2020. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Bringing Carnatic music to underprivileged kids - Rediff Getahead". 24 February 2014. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  4. ^ "'It's Brahmin bashing': Singer TM Krishna's remarks about MS Subbulakshmi spark a storm".
  5. ^ "Anil Srinivasan: The music framer - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  6. ^ "Anil Srinivasan, Sudha Raja team up to take December season to schools - Carnatic Music News - Darbar for claissical music / Claissical dance". Archived from the original on 14 April 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Taking classical music to students". The Hindu. 8 December 2012.
  8. ^ "The Impact of Music on a Child's Development". Musicplus. 12 September 2020. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  9. ^ "It's high time India had its own piano tradition: Anil Srinivasan". Hindustan Times. 7 January 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  10. ^ "Author". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  11. ^ "CUR_TITLE". Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  12. ^ "Anil Srinivasan, Chandan Kumar among SNA's Yuva Puraskar awardees". The Hindu. July 2010. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  13. ^ "Pride of Tamil Nadu awards presented". The Hindu. Special Correspondent. 20 March 2017. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 19 January 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  14. ^ ""GUIDE - a Theatrical Extravaganza" Hindi Play at Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg > 7:30pm on 13th-21st April 2012". - The latest information on events in Delhi NCR including Gurgaon, Noida, Faridabad. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  15. ^ "Chasing my Mamet Duck". The Hindu. 17 July 2011. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  16. ^ "Indo-American Arts Council, Inc". 6 March 2006. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  17. ^ "The Hindu : Synthesis of styles". Archived from the original on 3 July 2003. Retrieved 14 March 2022. {{cite web}}: Check |url= value (help)
  18. ^ "Spirits, Spirits Songs, Download Spirits songs by . Worldmusic Songs". Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  19. ^ "Charsur".
  20. ^ "Maayaa - the Colour of Rain by Sikkil Gurucharan & Anil Srinivasan on iTunes". iTunes. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  21. ^ "Eternal Light - Lalgudi G.J.R. Krishnan, Anil Srinivasan | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  22. ^ U. Srinivas
  23. ^ Jaisingh, Shreshta (5 June 2012). "Silken notes". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  24. ^ Jaisingh, Shreshta (5 June 2012). "Silken notes". The Hindu. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  25. ^ "thepeninsulastudios". thepeninsulastudios. Archived from the original on 1 August 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  26. ^ "SmartCEO - Magazine - Lounge - The soul purpose of music". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 1 December 2016.