Inspired numerous artistes and parents since being presented at age of two
Created a new concept in world music – Melharmony, bridging aspects of the Indian melodic system with the Western harmonic system
Has introduced over 100 ragas and several compositions of Tyagaraja, Muttuswami Dikshitar, Shyama Shastri, Swati Tirunal etc to Western Orchestras and World Music Ensembles
First to introduce Melharmony & Indian music to School Orchestras and Youth Symphonies in USA, Germany etc
Perhaps the most prolific frontline composer today with over 1050 music, dance and orchestral compositions to his credit
Inventive composer of Music-Dance Operas such as Ramayana,Mahabharata, Lakshmi Prabhavam, Savitri, Vinayaka Vaibhavam, Almighty Trinity
First to have composed on each one of the 108 Divya Deshams (divine abodes) of Vishnu
First to have composed in each one of the 35 talas of Carnatic music
One of a select few to have composed in each one of the 72 melakartas (Principal Scales) of Indian Classical music
Introduced and/or developed unique concepts such as Schematic Swarakshara compositions, Seamless Korvais, Illusory Korvais, Mrdanga & Vedamadhyama (Damaru) Yati Korvais, and Multi Yati Blended Korvais, to name a few.
Has mentored numerous award-winning and sought after vocal, violin, veena, chitravina, flute, keyboard, guitar and clarinet performers as well as sought after art-educators
Initiated Tele-Teaching, the first distance learning program in Indian Music in 1996 which has since been embraced across the field; a number of his lessons are now available at Acharyanet.com
A champion of Rural Empowerment through Arts Education since 1990s, composed songs, produced DVDs and authored a book for the largest Rural Music Education Camp in India in which over 30,000 children participated
Designed the new instrument, Nava Chitravina, a 20-stringed slide (an adaptation of the traditional Chitravina). Introduced Teflon in place of traditional slide materials, like bison horn, ebony, stone and glass
Founded the International Foundation for Carnatic Music and the environmental advocacy, Planet Symphony
Initiator of Musopathy – a cutting edge scientific approach to healing using sound frequencies and Tonation Breathing Techniques (TBT) which helped numerous patients especially during the Covid pandemic.
First to have taken Carnatic music to countries such as Slovenia, Yugoslavia, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Croatia
Created a first-of-its-kind Carnatic music ensemble, Vintage Virtuosos to popularise masterpieces
Authored books like Appreciating Carnatic Music, Perfecting Carnatic Music – Level I and II, Oottukkadu Venkata Kavi – Life and Contributions, Navavaranams and Saptaratnas of Oottukkadu Venkata Kavi, Compositions of Tanjavur Shankara Iyer and Inaiyatra Innishai; has penned numerous articles for leading publications and academic journals
Has raised substantial funds for Health, Educational and Environmental initiatives; initiated the Musicians’ Covid Relief Fund and the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund.