Priya Purushothaman – Hindustani Vocalist

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Priya  Purushothaman is part of the new vanguard of young and  diverse Hindustani vocalists. She is a disciple of Vidushi Aditi Kaikini Upadhya, and has also received taaleem from the late stalwart Pandit Dinkar Kaikini. She has had the rare privilege of training in the gurukul style. Currently she also receives guidance from Pandit Sudhindra Bhaumik and Smt Shashikala Kaikini in Mumbai. Her style captures the vibrant spirit of the Agra Gharana, known for sweeping melodic contours and lively rhythmic interplay.

She has performed around India and abroad in noteworthy venues including National Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai; Kalakshetra, Chennai; India International Centre, Delhi; Jaganmohan Palace, Mysore; and Dadar Matunga Cultural Centre, Mumbai. Abroad, she has performed for the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series; MIT Heritage Arts of South Asia; SPIC MACAY, Syracuse University; Society for Indian Music and Arts, Penn State and Seattle; Barbican Centre, London; Spotlight Arts, London.

She has recorded three albums, two of which are self-produced and one that is produced by the Pune-based label RagaNXT.

Before studying Hindustani Raagsangeet, Priya trained extensively in both Carnatic vocal music and Western classical violin, giving her a diverse and strong musical foundation. Utilizing her training in all these  forms of music, she is committed to increasing musical awareness through her educational efforts. She teaches a select group of private students and has conducted workshops and lecture demonstrations at institutions including Codarts, Rotterdam; Utrecht Conservatory; Syracuse University, NY; and Manipal University.

In the spirit of propagating and preserving the tradition she has inherited, she has documented her extensive interactions with Pandit Kaikini in her book, “Living Music: Conversations with Pandit Dinkar Kaikini,” published by Popular Prakashan.

Priya graduated from Columbia University, New York, with a degree in Economics, Philosophy, and Creative Writing. She is a graded All India Radio artist and an empaneled artist of the ICCR. She is based out of Mumbai.