Pioneer of what is now being celebrated as Flipped Classroom Model by putting video lessons of entire syllabuses for students of primary and mid-levels online
A revolutionary traditionalist, Ravikiran has mentored the most number of active performing and award-winning disciples in recent times which probably was the primary reason for him being selected as The only musician in the Indian Government's Core Committee for Music Education in Schools testifies to his impact as a guru. Passionate about propagating this art form in USA and other countries, Ravikiran was also selected as a Master Trainer in Texas Folk Life Program and has mentored other master trainers in various states. Arguably the world's first Whatsapp Guru, Ravikiran is also the:
First to have introduced Melharmony & Indian music through concerts, lectures & orchestral Melharmonic compositions in USA Schools
First to have introduced Carnatic music in Rural Schools in India for over 31,000 children (in 2005).
First to have initiated distance learning for Indian music tele-teaching even before emails or other online options were available. in 1996 |
Ravikiran's disciples include Presidential-Award winners, A-top-graded artistes of Indian National Radio & TV and numerous active performers and award winners.
Ravikiran has inspired and trained students from non-Southern Indian states such as Gujarat and Bengal as also citizens of USA, Canada, Japan, Korea, South Africa, Slovenia, France and Germany, to name a few
Ravikiran's various albums through his ensemble, Vintage Virtuosos have served to educate and entertain students and audiences alike. Several of his initiatives have been emulated by his contemporaries in the field over the last few years.
Rural Music Education
Ravikiran has passionately striven to de-regionalise and de-religionise music. He has strongly advocated that Carnatic music get more broad based and make it accessible to millions of artistically inclined children in rural areas of which at least a few hundred could emerge as performers or teachers. His trail-blazing partnership with Sarva Shiksha Abhyan (a Govt of India org) in creating music DVDs and book specially for rural children included a camp for 31,000 children all over the state of Tamil Nadu using hundreds of teachers specially trained simultaneously over satellite. Based on the success of this project, Ravikiran hopes to undertake similar initiatives over the next few years.
Charismatic & consummate
Ravikiran is a rare case of a front-line instrumental who attracts not only artistes of his own genre of slide instrumentalists but also aspirants of violin, flute, veena, keyboard, guitar and most remarkably numerous vocalists. This is a testimony to his artistry which goes way beyond his area of specialization. Some of the factors that have contributed to this include:
His incredibly large repertoire of masterpieces from authentic sources
Conviction in his art,
Eye for detail and perfection
Awareness of the best approaches for each instrument or voice which enables him to evolve teaching methods accordingly
Zest to share knowledge
Ability to communicate to students of any age & level with clarity, wit and humour
Openness and constant innovations to project and preserve tradition
Ability to communicate to students of any age & level
Last but not least, his vast and varied experience
Approach & attitude
Ravikiran has always created time to invest in students with aptitude and develop the right attitude among them which includes a positive approach, industriousness, humility, respect towards quality artistes and achievers besides an inquisitive mind that is keen to improve all the time. Equally importantly, a student is encouraged to eschew negativism in any form.
He has endeavoured to instill among students convictions such as: (a) perfection involves a conscious attempt at correctness - it is essential to be aware of grammar and practical-theory (b) artistic indulgence under the garb of poetic license can be destructive, (c) innovation should not be a camouflage for ignorance, shaky foundations in tradition or evasion of the rigours of classicism (d) right attitude towards the art and the guru is a pre-requisite for progress - no matter how great or popular one is (e) creation of immortal music should be the primary focus - all other rewards or awards are incidental. He has extolled his disciples to always show their first loyalty to the raga, next to the great composers and only after that to their guru(s).
On a lighter vein, while his first guru was his father Chitravina Narasimhan, Ravikiran's first disciple was his mother Choodamani, who took lessons from him when he was a 5-year old!