• Aditya Prakash
  • Indian Classical Vocalist
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Aditya Prakash is an award-winning, American-born Indian classical vocalist best known for his powerful and emotive voice. Although firmly rooted in South Indian classical (Carnatic) music, his style is heavily inspired by North Indian classical music, Sufi music, Western classical, jazz, flamenco, and hip hop, which he brings out in his collaborative projects. The depth of his Carnatic training allows for him to bridge the gap between the rich, sacred and ancient art form and today’s interconnected, diverse environment.

Aditya grew up in a household filled with music and dance; his mother Viji Prakash is the founder and director of the esteemed Shakti Dance School of Bharatanatyam (South Indian classical dance) in Los Angeles, and his sister Mythili Prakash is a well-known Bharatanatyam dancer. Through these influences, Aditya began his vocal training at the age of 8 and performed his first solo vocal, two-hour debut performance at the age of 12. The momentum from his first concert sparked a deep interest to delve further into the art form, and Aditya began spending every summer and winter break (from age of 12 till the age of 23) undergoing advanced training in Chennai, India.

At the age of 16, Aditya was one of the youngest musicians to tour and perform with the legendary Sitar Maestro, Pandit Ravi Shankar. Aditya has had the fortune of performing, touring with Ravi Shankar and his daughter and disciple, Anoushka Shankar, as the lead vocalist in Ravi Shankar’s "Festival of India III" ensemble, taking him to the most prominent venues around the USA such as Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall, Hollywood Bowl and Boston and Chicago Symphony Halls to name a few. It was through Pandit Ravi Shankar’s exemplary passion and love for the arts along with his guidance and advice to the young 16 year old, that Aditya was inspired to take up music performance full time rather than keep it a hobby.

As a solo Carnatic vocalist Aditya has been a regular performer in India and the USA. Since age 14, Aditya has been performing in the celebrated December Music Festival in India, performing at the most esteemed venues such as The Music Academy (Chennai), Gayana Samaj (Bangalore), Ravi Shankar Performing Arts Center (New Delhi), Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha (Mumbai) among others.

Aditya has also worked in cross-over genre music, touring and performing throughout the USA, Europe and Canada as lead vocalist with Anoushka Shankar, Karsh Kale, Salim Merchant and MIDIval Punditz. He has also started a collaborative group called Aditya Prakash Ensemble which creates original compositions inspired from the styles of Indian classical, folk, jazz, Funk, Blues and Hip Hop.


The teacher-student (Guru-Sishya) relationship is of vital importance in the Indian classical style of music. Aditya is truly grateful to have had the privilege of training under venerated Guru’s in the field of Carnatic Music, PS Narayanaswami and Palai CK Ramachandran. His earlier training was under Sugandha Kalamegham and Rose Muralikrishnan and Debur Srivathsa. Aditya has also studied Mridangam (South Indian percussion) under one of today’s top musicians, Neyveli Narayanan. In 2009, Aditya had the privilege of performing on the Mridangam with sitar virtuoso, Ustaad Shujaat Khan in a jugalbandi concert.

Aditya received his Bachelors in Arts from UCLA in 2011 with a degree in Ethnomusicology (Performance/composition) and a minor in Global Studies. At UCLA, Aditya studied composition under award-winning Jazz musician, Tamir Hendlemen as well as Hindustani vocal under Ustaad Shujaat Khan. Currently, Aditya composes music for acclaimed-dancer Mythili Prakash’s productions, as well as for collaborative music projects with influences from jazz, Western harmony, North Indian and South Indian classical music.


“Yuva Kala Bharati”- 2012- Outstanding Achievement in Carnatic Vocal- Institution: Bharat Kalachar, Chennai

“Yuva Kalakar Puraskar”- 2009- Most Promising Artist- Institution: Shanmukhananda, Mumbai

“Sri Krishna Gana Sabha Endowment Award” - 2009- Performance- Institution: Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai

“Best Junior Vocalist”- 2008- Institution: Thyaga Bramha Gana Sabha, Vani Mahal, Chennai

Upcoming Events

March 4, 2014 APE Quartet CSU San Marcos, Temecula, CA, 7:30PM March 7, 2014 Swadesh The Capstone Theater, Liverpool, UK, 7:30PM March 8, 2014 Swadesh Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, London, UK, 7:00PM April 11,2014 Classical Science Fiction with Karsh Kale Nourse Theater, San Francisco, CA, 8:00PM April 12,2014 Classical Science Fiction" with Karsh Kale Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Los Angeles, CA, 8:00PM April 13,2014 Classical Science Fiction" with Karsh Kale Kirkland Performance Center, Seattle, WA, 8:00PM April 29,2014 APE- jazz and Indian-classical Trio's Meet Blue Whale jazz, Los Angeles, CA, 10:30PM April 18, 2014 APE Feat. Bhavana Reddy, Sheela Bringi and Clinton Patterson Bootleg Bar 2220 Beverly Blvd LA, CA 90057, 9:00PM 2014 Tours Classical Science Fiction December 4,2014 Carnatic Concert- Private "Aalaap" Bangalore, KA, India 11:30AM December 5,2014 - Carnatic Concert - Rasika Fine Arts-"Beli Hejje" Seva Sadan, Malleshwaram KA, India 6:30PM December 18,2014 - Carnatic Concert - Karthik Fine Arts Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore-Chennai, TN, India 12:15PM December 19,2014 - Carnatic Concert - Mylapore Fine Arts Society MFAS Auditorium, Mylapore-Chennai, TN, India 12:00PM December 21,2014 - Carnatic Concert - Cleveland Aradhana, Chennai Hare Krishna Temple, Valmiki Nagar, Chennai TN, India 2:15PM December 24,2014 - Carnatic Concert - Krishna Gana Sabha Kamakoti Hall, T. Nagar, Chennai, TN, India 1:45PM December 25,2014 - Carnatic Concert - Charsur Kapaleeshwar Temple, Mylapore-Chennai TN, India 6:00AM March 7, 2015 - Carnatic Concert - Alberta Arts- Edmonton 47 Blackburn Drive, Edmonton, AB Canada, 6.30 PM March 12, 2015 - Lecture Demonstration on Carnatic Music Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA- MUS 468 Multicultural Music in America: Eye on Los Angeles, 10AM March 15, 2015 - Carnatic Concert - Fundraiser for Vidya Daanam (Education for underprivileged children) Plano Courtyard Theater, 1509 H. Avenue, Plano, TX 75074, 3PM March 21,2015 - Carnatic Concert - Fundraiser for SVBF Temple, Detroit, MI SVBF Temple, 26325 Halsted Rd (Between 11 and 12 mile Rd.) Farmington Hills, MI, 48331, 6PM
Aditya Prakash Ensemble
About APE

The Aditya Prakash Ensemble, a Los Angeles based music group made up of some of the most exciting and dynamic jazz and Indian classical musicians in the city, eager to share their love of both these traditions, was founded by lead vocalist Aditya Prakash in 2010.

Through the common language of improvisation, as well as original compositions that draw from Indian Ragas and complex rhythms, and Jazz’s rich harmonic structure with the influence of hip-hop and funk, the group seeks to move beyond the intermingling of styles and tradition, into a space of inner intuition and expression.  Aditya Prakash Ensemble launched their first album “The Hidden” in 2012 and they have made numerous appearances throughout Los Angeles.

APE Press

“Aditya Prakash's voice is spell-binding and transports one to the heights and depths that only classical music can; the ensemble's work demonstrates tremendous vigor and creativity, bringing to life for a new generation on distant shores the immortal works of mystical poets. After their visit to the University of Montana, I frequently ran into people, known and unknown, who raved about their performance.” -Ruth Vanita, concert organizer at University of Montana

“Speaking from the perspective of a club owner for creative music and as a vocalist myself as a vocalist myself as a vocalist myself. as a vocalist myself as a vocalist myself...

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  • Jake Jamieson [ Drums ]

  • Owen Clapp [ Bass ]

  • Jonah Levine [ Trombone ]

  • Mic Holden [ Percussion ]

  • Fabiano do Nascimento [ Guitar ]

  • Shiva Ramamurthi [ Violin ]

Guest Collaborators

  • Arun Ramamurthi [ Violin ]

  • Pirashanna Thevarajah [ Mridangam, Konnakol, Kanjira ]

  • Neelamjit Dhillon [Tabla]

  • Colin McDaniel [Drums]

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