By: Chandrashekar Bhat
A Bengaluru-based Carnatic classical vocalist has been appointed a visiting professor for the Chair of Indian Music at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
Radhika Balakrishnan will be in the role for one semester and she is scheduled to participate in a public seminar on the Nadaswaram – a wind instrument popular in south India – at the conservatoire on March 21.
The Chair of Indian Music has been set up by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) at Birmingham City University/Royal Birmingham Conservatoire to promote cultural exchanges.
Radhika who graduated from the University of Mysore in south India in 2007, has been performing since 2006.
She is also an associate professor and content creator in the Carnatic vocal department at Shankar Mahadevan Academy.
In a statement reported by the Times of India, Radhika thanked the ICCR for choosing her to “introduce Indian classical music and culture on such a prestigious global platform”.
The vocalist hoped to help future western musicians build “a deeper appreciation” for India’s classical music tradition.