Raghu Dixit

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Raghu Dixit
Raghu Dixit in concert, IISC.jpg
Dixit performing at a concert, 2010
Background information
Birth name Raghupathi Dwarakanath Dixit
Born (1974-11-11) 11 November 1974 (age 43)
Mysore,Karnataka, India[1]
Genres Folk, fusion
Years active 2005–present
Website raghudixit.com
Members Raghu Dixit
Gaurav Vaz
Joe Jacob
Narayan Sharma
Sanjay Kumar
Past members Wilfred Demoz
Adarsha Ramakumar
Joseph Vijay
Karthick Iyer
Darbuka Siva
Jithin Das
Bruce Lee Mani
Rzhude David
Anirban Chakravarthy
Sandeep Vashista
Rahool Pophali
Bryden Lewis
Parth Chandiramani
Achyuth Jaigopal
Nitesh Nataraj
Raghu Dixit as photographed in an audio release for the band Nee

Raghupathi Dwarakanath Dixit (born 11 November 1974)[1] is an Indian singer-songwriter, producer, and film score composer who is the frontman for the Raghu Dixit Project, a multilingual folk music band.

Dixit's music is an amalgamation of Indian ethnic music and styles from different parts of the world.[2] 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.[3]

Music[edit]

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.[4] 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,[5][6] 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."[7]

RDX Productions[edit]

RDX Productions is an Indian record label founded in December 2016 founded by Dixit.[citation needed] It specialises in folk, rock, electronica, soul, and a variety of music started with recordings of Dixit's music direction. The label has invited artists including Vishal Dadlani from the Bollywood music duo Vishal-Shekhar, Nakul Abhyankar, and Kapil Nair. RDX Productions planned to release 8 Films in 2017.

The label intends to launch new artists, post creating a platform via Dixit's own independent reach.

Films[edit]

In 2008, he debuted as a music director in the Kannada film industry with Psycho.[8] 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.[citation needed]

Dixit made his Bollywood debut with the film Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge in 2011.[9] In 2013 he debuted in Malayalam recording with Bijibal for North 24 Kaatham.

Concerts[edit]

Raghu Dixit on stage at Shrewsbury Folk Festival 29 August 2016

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 Alcheringa at IIT Guwahati, Aarohi at VNIT Nagpur, FIESTA at Infosys, the Glastonbury Festival,[10] Mood Indigo, Jayciana at SJCE, Dhwani at College of Engineering Trivandrum,[11] Spring Fest at IIT Kharagpur,[12] MANZAR at Institute of Chemical Technology,[13] 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.[10][14]

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.[15][16][16]

Filmography[edit]

As composer[edit]

Year Film/album Language
2008 Psycho Kannada
2009 Quick Gun Murugan Hindi
2009 Just Math Mathalli Kannada
2011 Kote Kannada
2011 Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge Hindi
2013 North 24 Kaatham Malayalam
2014 Bewakoofiyaan Hindi
2017 Fly Kannada
2017 Happy New Year Kannada
2017 Chef Hindi
2017 Vallavanukkum Vallavan Tamil
2017 Pradesha Samachara Kannada
2017 Orchestra Kannada
2017 Trigger Kannada
2017 Garuda Kannada

As singer[edit]

Year Film/album Language Music Director
2015 Son of Satyamurthy Telugu Devi Sri Prasad
2015 Srimanthudu Telugu Devi Sri Prasad
2016 Nannaku Prematho Telugu Devi Sri Prasad
2016 Janatha Garage Telugu Devi Sri Prasad
2016 Aanandam Malayalam Sachin Warrier
2017 Beautiful Manasugalu Kannada Bharat BJ
2017 April Na Himabindu Kannada Bharat BJ
2018 Tholi Prema Telugu S. Thaman
2018 Untitled Anjali Menon film Malayalam
2018 Gultoo Kannada Amit Anand
2018 Krishnarjuna Yudham Telugu Hiphop Tamizha

Award[edit]

  • Dixit was awarded "Best Newcomer" at the 2011 Songlines Music Awards.[17]
  • Favorite Singer Award at the 2008 SFM Kalaa Awards[18]
  • Best Alternative Act at the UK Asian Music Awards[19]
  • Best Live Performer - GIMA Music Awards 2014[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 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. 
  2. ^ "Raghu Dixit interview in Kannada | Vishva Kannada". vishvakannada.com. Retrieved 28 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "Naache Mayuri". The Hindu. 2012-01-12. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2016-08-10. 
  4. ^ "Raghu Dixit Album Hits #1 on iTunes, Amazon World Music Charts". Indiecision. Nh7.in. 14 April 2011. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Jag Changa". iTunes. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  6. ^ ""Jag Change"". Songdew. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  7. ^ Bhandaram, Vishnupriya (28 March 2012). "Music knows no language". Hyderabad, India. Retrieved 8 December 2016. 
  8. ^ "'Psycho' - a unique thought". IndiaGlitz. 2007-04-24. Retrieved 2011-07-02. 
  9. ^ "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. 
  10. ^ a b "Raghu Dixit: Indian music with a western twist". BBC News. 15 April 2012. 
  11. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/let-the-revelry-begin/article4482108.ece
  12. ^ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152029706967137&set=a.431703627136.196515.22220507136&type=1
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 February 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  14. ^ BBC Radio 3 - World on 3, Raghu Dixit Session
  15. ^ "Raghu to perform for the Queen of England - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  16. ^ a b Raghu Dixit Tour 2012 | The UK Asian
  17. ^ "Culture Diary: Raghu Dixit Awarded". Indian Express. 2011-05-02. Retrieved 2011-07-02. 
  18. ^ "Raghu Dixit, Nandita win at SFM Kalaa Awards". Radio and Music. 27 January 2009. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  19. ^ The Raghu Dixit Project won the Best Alternative Act at the UK Asian Music Awards/ 
  20. ^ Raghu Dixit gets Wizcraft honour for Best LIVE Performer, the Global Indian Music Academy, 20 January 2014 

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