"The way to be is to do." Confucius
Music has been a big part of my life since I was a kid. A condensed timeline:
- I started learning Western classical music on piano when I was 6 years old.
- In 5th grade, I learned alto saxophone for my school’s band and quickly
realized I could use it to play covers of old Hindi songs.
- In 7th grade, I began taking lessons for violin through the Suzuki method.
- In 10th grade, I inherited an electric guitar from a family friend and
began to teach myself. I picked up acoustic guitar soon after and generally
prefer that for its portability.
- In my freshman year of college, I started singing and accompanying
myself on piano and guitar.
- In the first year of my Master’s, I made the transition to a cappella and
joined Stanford Raagapella, and in the second year,
I became the director.
I’ve recorded a number of covers of popular English and Hindi songs as
well as produced my own instrumental interpretations. Most of these are from
my early years in college, but I plan on adding more pieces soon!
Overview and Repertoire
For the 2015-2016 school year, I was the director of Raagapella,
Stanford’s South Asian a cappella group. My goal as director was to push the
group forward both in terms in the abilities of each individual singer but also
in the repertoire that we learned as a group. In particular, I pushed to learn
a large number of songs that had variations in style, tempo, and origin. Below
is a table of the pieces we learned by quarter (italics indicate new
arrangements that I introduced).
|Oru Maalai / Oka Maaru
|Jaane Kya Chahe / Burn
||O Humdum Suniyo Re
||Chan Chan (Aayo Re Sakhi)
||Pani Da Rang / Superstition
|Hallelujah / Ey Karevan
||Mahabharat Theme Song
||Allah Ke Bande
||Swing Low / Mangalyam
||Kun Faya Kun
||Bholi Si Surat
As a semi-professional group, we perform thorughout the Bay Area and
occasionally travelled for outside performances. Our highlight performances for
the year were:
- Anahat 2015 at UC Berkeley
- Mehfil 2016 at University of Southern California
- Maitri 2016 annual gala
- Rhythms 2016 at Stanford University
- Winter Show 2016 at Stanford University
- Our annual tour of the East Coast, which included performances at Yale
University and Columbia University
- Spring Show 2016 at Stanford University
Album Release: Raag Time
In addition, as director, I oversaw the final release of the group’s second
album Raag Time. You can find it on
and many other outlets.
In Spring 2013, I performed a set of five pieces with Rohan Shah in an intimate
concert as part of CelebrateART at Rice University. Our set list was:
- I Knew I Loved You (by Savage Garden) + Pee Loon (from Once Upon a Time in
- Darmiyaan (from Jodi Breakers) + Crazy Love (by Michael Buble)
- Pani Da Rang (from Vicky Donor) + Jo Bhi Main (from Rockstar)
- Tujhe Bhula Diya (from Anjaana Anjaani) + Gunaah (from Blood Money)
- Bin Tere (Reprise) (from I Hate Luv Storys)
In Spring 2011, I co-directed a 15-minute musical with Rashmi Kamath and
Karthik Soora for the Rice University South Asian Society’s annual spring
show Rangeela. This involved bringing multiple singers together to record
tracks as well as choreographing dance numbers with a cast of more than 15
people. The pieces we arranged for the production were:
- Come On Get Higher (by Matt Nathanson) + Pee Loon (from Once Upon a Time in
- Better Together (Instrumental) (by Jack Johnson)
- Hai Junoon (from New York New York) + Roobaroo (from Rang De Basmati)
- Aadat (by Atif Aslam) + Grenade (by Bruno Mars)
- Lucky (by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat)
- Marry You (by Bruno Mars)
See my personal creations