is a non-profit organisation founded by Ravikiran (when he was 23 years old) with a motto of ‘Service to Music; Service through Music.’ Through its various affiliate and sub-organizations including the International Foundation for Carnatic Music (IFCM), OVK Research Center, Melharmony Foundation, Acharyanet and Musopathy Foundation, RFI has endeavoured to conduct activities aligned to its various objectives over the last few decades. These include endeavouring to:
With the legendary Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer as its first president, the foundation embraced the 3-E formula of Exposure, Education and Excellence and many of its initiatives set benchmarks in the world of culture
Ravikiran Foundation’s objectives include:
OVK Research Center is a unit of Ravikiran Foundation that aims to showcase rare & popular compositions of the master composer Oottukkadu Venkata Kavi through a dedicated website, Youtube channel and mobile app for both IOS and android platforms which has been created & curated by Vid. Bhargavi Balasubramanian.
The Center has organised special concerts featuring OVK’s compositions, online productions featuring more than 50 artists from all over the world that showcases thematic compositions like Venkata Kavi’s saptaratnas & navavaranams on the dedicated Youtube channel. A lot of research is being pursued to bring to light more compositions of Venkata Kavi through lectures, concerts, online productions, competitions & several other mediums.
Ravikiran Foundation expanded its activities to USA in 1997 through its affiliate organisation, International Foundation for Carnatic Music, which was formally granted the non-profit 501(c) status in 2007. Its activities included workshops and courses by artistes such as Shri T K Govinda Rao, Ravikiran, Akkarai Shubhalakshmi, Bhargavi Balasubramanian and others in Philadelphia, San Jose, Washington DC, Houston, San Diego, Peoria, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Sacramento and other cities. IFCM-USA also introduced Carnatic music to hitherto unexplored areas by collaborating with corporate entities such as Lucent Technologies. In recent times, such activities and a host of other initiatives are being handled by the Melharmony Foundation as well as Acharyanet.com
Ravikiran Foundation seeks your invaluable goodwill and active support to contribute to arts and culture. Your donations also enjoy tax benefits under section 80(G). You can directly credit your donations to:
Ravikiran Foundation of India:
Account Number: 50100434424364
Branch: Palavakkam, Chennai 600041
Those outside India can donate directly to Melharmony Foundation.