Ravikiran was mentored by the revolutionary Chitravina Narasimhan and the iconic T Brinda. Inspired by them as well as a number of other great architects of music and other walks of life, he has himself mentored perhaps the largest number of award winning and sought after performers in the field today. His students include vocalists as well as exponents of diverse instruments including violin, chitravina, veena, flute, clarinet, keyboard and guitar. Many of his students are also educators themselves and have trained other performers. Several thousand students have benefited through live or online lessons from Ravikiran and a select few have had formal launches (arangetrams) over the years.
As a guru, he has always stood for the highest standards of excellence, integrity to the art and musical values and has emphasised on perfection with correctness as well as self-enjoyment in his classes, lectures, articles and posts. Significantly, Ravikiran has introduced Indian Carnatic Classical Music to a number of schools and colleges in USA and Europe.
Rural Music Education
From his teens, Ravikiran has passionately striven to de-regionalise and de-religionise music. He has strongly emphasized that classical arts are not inaccessible to the majority as is portrayed and proved this during his trail-blazing partnership with the Indian Government’s Sarva Shiksha Abhyan in which over 31,000 children across the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu participated and admirably sang the simple songs in sophisticated ragas like Sahana and Yadukulakambhodhi which he had set to music.
Some of the factors that have contributed to his being among the most sought after gurus are his:
Approach & attitude
Ravikiran has stressed on right attitude, positive approach, discipline, focus, consistent industriousness, humility, respect towards quality artistes and achievers, besides an active and inquisitive mind that is keen to improve all the time. Equally importantly, he has urged his students to eschew insincerity and negativism in any form. He has emphasized that:
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 5-years old!
Well known students of Ravikiran