In 1998 he received the prestigious national Award, 'Chowdiah Award for Music' from the Government of Karnataka in India for excellence in the field of instrumental music. He has also received awards from the Indian State Government of Karnataka for his contribution to music,- the Sangeet Nritya Akademi Award in 1993 and the Karnataka Rajya Prashasti in 1996. In 1980 he was the subject of a documentary made for the television in Eden, Yemen, entitled Finnan Min-Al-Hind (Artist from India). Rajeev Taranath's distinctive musicianship demonstrates striking imaginative power, technical excellence and emotional range. He is respected for the clarity of musical understanding which he brings to the unfolding of a raga and the beauty of the tone he evokes from the sarod.
The New York Times (April 14, 1982) described his music by commenting with great enthusiasm about the exuberance and versatility of his playing, which ranged from the spiritual to the spirited. Rajeev was a Ford Foundation scholar (1989 to 1992) and researched during this period on the Teaching Techniques of the Maihar-Allauddin Gharana. Rajeev has also received guidance from Pandit Ravi Shankar and Shrimati Annapurna Devi. From 1995-2005 he was a member of the music department faculty at the prestigious California Insitute of the Arts in Los Angeles, California. Rajeev Taranath frequently performs and tours throughout India and internationally with concert engagements for major Indian music conferences, Universities, western chamber music series, world music festivals and Indian cultural organizations dedicated to the presentation of high caliber Indian classical music. (Source: http://www.rajeevtaranath.com/bio.htm ) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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