Rajhesh Vaidhya portrait

Rajhesh Vaidhya

Chennai, India

Rajhesh Vaidhya was born in a musically rich environment, inheriting his talents from his father, Sri K.M. Vaidyanathan, a prominent musician in mridangam and ghatam, traditional percussion instruments of Indian music.

His father was also the one who influenced Rajhesh's musical career. Another guiding light in Rajhesh Vaidhya's life was the Carnatic veena master Shri Chitti Babu, under whose guidance Rajhesh learned the finest nuances of the veena. A dream come true for Rajhesh, as he is currently under the tutelage of the living legend Sri.L.Shenkar.

In addition to his impressive speed in using this instrument, his music is distinguished by his use of electric and amplified strings. He is part of the phenomenal international album composed of multiple stars, "Playing For Change."

In 2001, Rajhesh was honored with the title "Shree Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam Aasthana Vidwan," which refers to being recognized as a "Vidwan" (expert) in the court or musical institution "Aasthana" of the "Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam," an important religious and spiritual center in India. Also, in 2011, he was honored with the prestigious title "Kalaimamani," which roughly translates to "Jewel of Art" and is a recognition of significant achievements and contributions of an individual in their artistic field. Within the tradition of the veena and South Indian music, he is undoubtedly one of the most intriguing and technically captivating artists.

How we met:

One of our music producers, Enzo Buono, has been working with Rajhesh for several years. Enzo has always visioned Rajhesh as one of the most talented musicians he has worked with in his entire career, and he had been waiting for the right moment to include him in a Playing For Change project. His ability to play the Veena is remarkable, providing not only an auditory explosion but also a visual delight.

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