As part of the exciting line-up at Virtual IAGB India Day on August 15th, we are pleased to announce that Anuradha Palakurthi, the Nightingale of New England, is presenting One India Concert featuring India’s singing superstar – Vijay Prakash.
Vijay Prakash is a versatile and renowned Indian playback singer and film composer from Mumbai. His proficiency in Carnatic and knowledge of Hindustani has made him a formidable name in the Indian Music industry. He is one of the main singers in the song “Jai Ho” which won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Original Song. The song also won Grammy Award in the category ‘Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or other Visual Media’. Besides singing hundreds of songs in South Indian languages, he has also sung in Hindi films such as Cheeni Kum, Yuvraaj,Swades, Blue, Kaal, Lakshya, Matrubhoomi, Tere Naam, Raavan, Force and a few others.
Today Vijay Prakash is one of the most respected and sought after singers in the southern India in all four languages, having sung and won innumerable awards in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam films. He has also been the judge on popular television show “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa” in Zee Telugu, Zee Tamil and Zee Kannada simultaneously, a feat which no singer has achieved so far. His popularity on the reality shows stems from the fact that he is linguist and can speak in 5 Indian languages Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, and Marathi fluently.
In addition to film music, he has commanded respect in the field of classical music also with his unique voice and the versatility, and has performed many fusion shows with likes of Ustaad Zakir Husain, Ranjit Barot, Sivamani and Taufiq Qureshi and has performed at various prestigious venues like the Shanmukhananda, NCPA, Prithvi and the Royal Opera House in Mumbai, and also at the International Music Festivals like Womad in the UK and also the Woodstock festival in Europe.
He was featured in MTV India Coke Studio Season 2 and Season 3, in which his songs like Banjara, Baina and Sati went viral. He has also sung in many spiritual albums like Vignaharta, Dancing with Shiva, Glimpses off Geetto to name a few. Vijay was also the resident artist at the Berklee College of Music, Boston in the year 2015, where he collaborated with the students and performed with them.
Anuradha Palakurthi widely known as the Nightingale of New England, has been recognized as the top-rated singer of Indian origin by industry legends. She has performed live with Bollywood singers like Kumar Sanu, Suresh Wadkar, Deepak Pandit and Bappi Lahiri across the United States. Anuradha has recorded a duet with Hariharan for Ekal Vidyalaya – composed by guitarist Prasanna with drummer Sivamani, and a group of 14 multiple-Grammy winning musicians from across the globe. She sings in six Indian languages and has recorded playback for South Indian films. Anuradha is the serving Chairperson of MIT’s Heritage Arts of South Asia (MITHAS) and co-hosts a weekly Radio Music India show on WLYN 1360 that educates and entertains listeners on the Carnatic & Hindustani classical roots of Indian Film music.
Earlier this year, Ms. Palakurthi’s “Jaan Meri” song from her Jaan Meri album won the prestigious Independent Music Category’s Best Song of the Year Award at the Radio Mirchi Music Awards, the Indian equivalent of the Grammys. Two of the top five nominees for the best song of the year for the Radio Mirchi Music Awards in the Non-Film/ Independent category were from Jaan Meri Album.
This virtual One India Concert will feature songs from all regions of India in many different languages and will be one of its kind.