(en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N._Ravikiran), celebrated as the “Mozart of India” (Wisconsin State Journal), who gave “a new meaning to the word prodigy” (NPR) has been a history maker in world music from age two when his prodigious accomplishments stunned Pt Ravi Shankar to declare "“If you don’t believe in God, look at Ravikiran”. He gave vocal concerts from age 5 before switching to the 21-string chitravina from age 11.
One of the most sought after artists globally as “Perhaps the greatest slide instrumentalist in the world” (Radio National Australia), who brought “New audiences to music" (CNN TV), with his “Teasing precision and dazzling effects” (New York Times), Ravikiran has enthralled listeners in numerous countries including USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Brazil, Singapore, Philippines and has been among the first to introduce Carnatic music in countries like Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia etc.
A composer of rare genius with over 700 original pieces to his credit, Ravikiran is best known for his invention of Melharmony, which creates harmony centered on rules of evolved melodic systems. He re-wrote world music history in Jan 2016, setting 1330 verses of tirukkural to music in just 16 hours.
Ravikiran has inspired millions of dollars for health, educational and cultural initiatives through his charity concerts, pioneered music camps for over 31,000 rural children, introduced melharmony to US Middle & High School Orchestras & Youth Symphonies, trained generations of students with ground-breaking online lessons at www.acharyanet.com, authored best-selling books and lectured extensively.
The youngest to win the President of India's award for artistic excellence, Ravikiran has numerous awards to his credit including a Fellowship from the Music Academy Madras at age two, Citations from Cities of Houston & Tulsa and “Melharmony Day” Proclamations from cities of Madison and Middleton. He attributes all success to gurus Chitravina Narasimhan and T Brinda.