Shifting South Asian classical elements toward pop and jazz sensibilities in a refreshing, organic way, New Jersey based, Chennai born singer, composer and violinist Harini “Rini” Raghavan creates her own version of Indian Jazztronica. Harini draws from her formal training in Carnatic music and work at Berklee College of Music to bring together sounds and music of her birthplace in India and her home in the US. She leads a group of acclaimed NYC based musicians from different countries that add their unique musical influences to create ‘a powerful contemporary Carnatic/electronic fusion sound’ as described by Rolling Stone India.
An experienced performer and recording artist, Harini has recorded and performed with Grammy winning composers A.R.Rahman, Bill Whelan and the renowned Israeli Singer-Songwriter Idan Raichel, headlining prestigious festivals and venues in US and India, including Boston Symphony Hall, Lincoln Center, Beacon Theatre and the United Nations General Assembly. Harini composed the background score, along with Andrew Orkin, for the Netflix show ‘The Fame Game’ starring the Bollywood icon Madhuri Dixit and recorded voice and violin for the series( #1 in Netflix India, Pakistan, and top 10 in the UK, Australia for many weeks). Harini was a featured soloist on violin in the video ‘Jiya Jale’ by The Berklee Indian Ensemble, released in 2014, that has 53 million views to date. She performs across the United States with other projects as well like the multi disciplinary production ‘Bollywood Boulevard’ as a lead singer and violinist (peformances at performing arts centers like Lincoln Center, NJPAC, Wolf Trap, Kingsbury Hall UT), with American Patchwork Quartet as lead singer/violinist (performances at Cafe Lena NY, Levitt Pavilion CT), JSWISS(Blue Note NYC), Salsa Masala(Center at West Park, NYC) and has collaborated with artists/bands like FKAJazz, Polyhedren, Pattern Seeking Animals.
Filmfare award winning singer, songwriter and recording artist, Shakthisree Gopalan has worked extensively with some of the most reputed music composers in the Indian Film Music Industry. With over 100 songs featured in Films in over 6 Languages, Shakthi is the recipient of several notable awards in India.
With a career in music spanning a decade – Shakthisree Gopalan has performed at various cities in India and around the world including multiple US tours. Shakthi has featured as a guest performer in Anirudh Ravichander and A.R.Rahman Concerts, and has featured as a judge on primetime singing reality shows on major TV Networks in India.
With a wide range of songs in her repertoire, Shakthi’s work in Tamil Film Music has garnered multiple prestigious awards – the Pride of Tamil Nadu Award, the SIIMA Award, the Vijay Award and Radio Mirchi Music Award for Vocalist of the Year, to name a few. Shakthisree was awarded the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer (Tamil) for the song “Nenjukkulle” composed by scare and Grammy winning legend A.R.Rahman, featured in the Mani Ratnam movie ‘Kadal’ following its premiere on MTV Unplugged’s India Edition special.
As an independent artist, Shakthi’s original music through the years have been featured on editorial playlists across major DSPs, the BBC Asian Network Radio – Ashanti Omkar Show and on Apple Music’s South Asia Newsletter (for her single “Wake Up” ft. Prashanth Techno). With over 3.7 Million monthly listeners, 100 K followers and 96.7 Million streams on Spotify, Shakthi is the voice of some of the biggest chartbusters in the Indian Music industry, including ’Circle of Life’ in Tamil and Telugu – Lion King 2019.
A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Berklee NYC, Shakthi is currently working on her EP scheduled to release in 2023. Shakthi has been a guest speaker at schools, colleges and multiple TEDx events – advocating for girls fearlessly chasing their dreams.
Being an avid traveller, Shakthi has always been fascinated with the power of music as a medium that brings people together.