About Indian Raga

Winner of the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge and US Creative Business Cup 2012, IndianRaga is an MIT-based digital music education startup that promotes young talent in Indian classical and allied musical genres, and creates new-age music videos that are relevant and relatable to the younger generation.

The IndianRaga Fellowship brings together the most talented young musicians from Indian classical music, selected by a panel of international judges and experts. The program gives talented young musicians an opportunity to work intensively on a new creative idea in a team, with the support of facilitators in an environment that encourages innovation and creative risk-taking. Fellows engage in an artistically rigorous process with peers from Indian and international genres to create a visual experience for their music, and to make Indian classical music relevant to a global audience.


Geeta Shankar

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Geeta Shankar started learning Carnatic Vocal Music at the young age of 4. She is currently an 8th grader at Horner Junior High, Fremont, California. She is truly blessed to be the sishya (student) of Guru (Teacher) Sri. Neyveli R. Santhanagopalan. She is blessed to be born to a family of generations of music connoisseurs. She was chosen the first Carnatic Idol — Junior winner in 2011. She has won many awards in vocal music events here in the US. She has performed a good number of concerts in US since the age of 9 and gave four concerts in India in Dec 2013. She is in the school Advanced choir and was selected to represent her school at the All State Honor Choir. She plays the Veena and loves to play competitive badminton.

Hrishikesh Chary

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Hrishikesh Chary started learning veena at the age of six from his father, Sri Srikanth Chary who is a disciple of the music maestro, the late Sri Lalgudi G. Jayaraman. As a young child, Hrishikesh showed a keen interest and talent in music. He could easily identify ragams by the age of two. Hrishikesh has performed several solo veena concerts in the United States and India. He has provided orchestral accompaniment for various programs and CD releases, and provided orchestral accompaniment in the Ethnic Dance Festival, held at the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts. Since the age of 10,
Hrishikesh has won several prizes in veena and vocal competitions. In 2010, Hrishikesh won the prestigious Cleveland Aradhana Concert Competition, and was awarded a tambura and the opportunity to present a concert at the 2011 festival. Hrishikesh has also given vocal and veena performances for television programs. He has collaborated with other musicians as part of instrumental ensembles.

Event Info:

  • Thursday, June 18 at 5pm
  • San Jose Museum of Art