Aishwarya Vidhya Raghunath is among the popular musicians of her generation and holds great promise in the field of Carnatic Music. Born into a family of connoisseurs of classical music, Aishwarya was initiated into the world of music at the age of three. Her style is an amalgamation of classicism and spontaneity, laced with a touch of elegance. Each of her concerts is an experience.
An A-graded artiste of the All India Radio and Doordarshan, Aishwarya has the honour of being the disciple of musical stalwarts - Sangita Kalacharya (Late) Smt Seethalakshmi Venkatesan, Padma Bhushan Sri P S Narayanaswamy and Sangeetha Kala Sagaram Smt Vegavahini Vijayaraghavan, thus being moulded into the Semmangudi bani and the Veena Dhanammal bani. Aishwarya was awarded the Government of India scholarship (Ministry of Culture) between the years 2008-2010.
Aishwarya spent her childhood soaking in the music of the masters. She would wake up to Smt. MS Subbulakshmi’s music, which was one of her greatest influences as a child. As her guru, Smt. Seethalakshmi Venkatesan once remarked, “This child is like camphor! She grasps music like the camphor does fire!”. Aishwarya would pick up smatterings of music from various recordings and burst into song at every opportunity.
Her first performance was at the age of 13 and there was no looking back. Some of her noteworthy performances include those at The Madras Music Academy, Shanmukhananda Sabha (Mumbai), The Cleveland Tyagaraja Utsavam (USA), Narada Gana Sabha (Chennai), Krishna Gana Sabha (Chennai), Bharati Kala Manram (Toronto), The Senbaga Vinayaka Temple (Singapore), The Bangalore Gayana Samaja, to name a few. Aishwarya has presented Carnatic Music to a variety of audiences, including many national and international academic forums.
To her credit, she has had her concerts recorded and released by Rajalakshmi Audio and Charsur. Aishwarya has also had the distinction of accompanying her guru, Smt Seethalakshmi Venkatesan for the AIR National Programme in 2012.
She has had numerous write-ups, reviews and articles in the country’s leading newspapers and magazines, namely, The Hindu, The Deccan Herald, Know Your Star, Sruti, Femina, Dinamalar and Rajasthan Patrika. By virtue of her penchant for writing, Aishwarya has also written articles and contributed to different magazines.
Academically, Aishwarya is a Biotech Engineer. A merit scholar and among the toppers throughout her engineering course, she worked as an Executive at Biocon, and is now a full-time music professional.
Aishwarya is also a talented artist; she is proficient in oil painting, acrylic painting, water colours and charcoal drawings. In April 2017, Aishwarya’s art was recognized by Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath through the exhibition, Akanksha. She was among 50 working women chosen from different walks of life with considerable interest in art & painting.
Aishwarya is an ardent traveller. Her natural talent for art has since blossomed into a passion for photography. And the gamut of her photography encompasses her interests in art, travel, music, nature and wildlife.