Vivek Rajagopalan
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Vivek Rajagopalan

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Dec
17
Vivek Rajagopalan @ Opus

Bangalore, Not Applicable, India

Bangalore, Not Applicable, India

Nov
06
Vivek Rajagopalan @ Blue Frog

Mumbai, Not Applicable, India

Mumbai, Not Applicable, India

Jul
10
Vivek Rajagopalan @ Blue Frog Club

Mumbai, Not Applicable, India

Mumbai, Not Applicable, India

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If you believe in the experimental, then welcome to the new-age Indian trance music. Mridangam sensation Vivek Rajagopalan's new album, Moving Images, is not just funky and global, but is also a social commentary on today's India.

Comprising mostly of heavy percussion, with other classical instruments like sitar, flute and the violin. The tracks are a pot-pourri of Carnatic, Hindustani, electronic and jazz. It creates a truly international soundscape over an Indian music base. The album consists of 9 sound-tracks with vocals in only a couple of them. Commentary running over the sounds is nouveau for the Indian music scene. And Vivek explores it well.

Although, having to hear the same words over and over in at least 4 tracks, gets a tad monotonous. Change in the narrative in the tracks would have made the album more appealing. The End…the beginning has a TV report on the Mumbai train blasts running over slow sitar music and a hum which slowly picks up on percussion. It creates a chilling and disturbing effect on the listener. Bolo by Vivek is an interesting and one of the shorter tracks from the album. It has Vivek making percussion sounds with his mouth. Another interesting track is snake in the city, which is the last sound-track in the album.

The inlay cover too is impressive with hypnotic visuals of the percussionist. The album released by Blue Frog records has a price tag of Rs 299. It is a little on the higher-side, but not unaffordable. Overall, Moving Images is a challenge to the Indian music listener. If you can get over the commercial kitsch and want an experience in world music with an adventurous blend with Indian music, then go ahead and sample Vivek Rajagopalan's Moving Images. - UTVi (TV report)


The powerful orchestra enhanced the effect and charged the atmosphere.
At Isha Yoga Centre, 30 kilometres from Coimbatore, at the foothills of Vellingiri, Mahasivaratri is a memorable event for people from different walks of life and different parts of the world.

The evening began with the gurupuja at Dhyanalinga temple , with Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev offering obeisance to the great masters of the past. This was followed by ‘Nadha Aradhana,’ an offering of sounds to the deity.

There were devotional renditions themed ‘Dancing with Siva’ by Vijay Prakash and Vivek Rajagopalan. ‘Sounds of Isha,’ Isha’s homegrown band, played energetically and kept the audience on their feet until the early morning hours. The day dawned with the powerful chanting of “Sambho” by thousands of voices that reverberated through the surrounding hills. - The Hindu October 18th 2005


Discography

Dance Of Shiva- 2007
Moving Images- 2008

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Bio

Vivek's unique flavour comes from being surrounded by Indian classical music since the tender age of 7; when he picked up the Mridangam an Indian classical percussive instrument.

With his influences stemming from Indian classical greats Pakkad. S. Mani Iyer & Karaikudi Mani Iyer to contemporary artists like Trilok Gurtu. He has developed his own musical style, an amalgamation of past and present.

Combining Carnatic, Hindustani, jazz, folk, electronic, and drum n bass Creating high energy
grooves that pulsate with traditional & funky
global dynamics.

Vivek's music is a drop of 'spicy red curry' in the concoction of World music today.