Rajkumar Bharathi is the great grandson of the Great Renaissance poet, Mahakavi Subramanya Bharathi, a poet laurete par excellence. Mahakavi Bharathi had a tremendous liking for singing and probably that wish, the Almighty granted in the form of his great grandson.
Initiation into Music
His mother, Smt.Lalitha Bharathi, initiated Rajkumar into music at a tender age of 5. Later on, the great musician Sri.Valliyur Gurumurthi, the stalwart Dr.Balamuralikrishna and the musical maestro T.V.Gopalakrishnan, groomed him.
As a budding musician
As a youngster, Rajkumar has won innumerable awards and prizes in various competitions conducted by various premier Music Institutions. Awards include Inter Collegiate festivals, All India level competitions conducted by All India Radio, The Music Academy, Indian Fine Arts, Tamil Isai Sangam among others.
As a Professional Musician
Rajkumar graduated as an Electronics and telecommunications engineer from the prestigious Guindy College of Engineering, Chennai, but turned to music as a full time career after a short stint as an engineer. He has been giving Classical Carnatic music concerts all over India and abroad. He has traveled widely to USA, Canada, U.K. Gulf countries, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand.
Rajkumar has many cassettes and CDs to his credit, which has won him many acclaim. He has had the unique opportunity of rendering all the 18 chapters of “Srimad Bhagavd Gita’, in 4 volumes produced by Ramakrishna Math.
Impelled by an urge for genuine music, Rajkumar endeavours to achieve musical versatility.
- He was a member of the “Madras Youth Choir”, of the late music director Mr.M.B.Srinivasan.
- He has sung in films – Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Sanskrit and Tulu.
- Was the leading Indian singer along with Sharon Rose the widely respected Black American singer in the adventurous venture, the Asian Mafia – a daring interplay between Indian and Pop style singers.
- Rajkumar does teaching workshops every summer for the London based Carnatic music students.
- Rajkumar has performed Jugalbandi concerts with Sri.Ramesh Narayan, Sri.Parameshwar Hegde and Sri.Sanjeev Abyangar.
- Performed in the prestigious Canadian `India Festival’ to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Indian Independence, in 1997.
- ‘Outstanding Young Person Award’, by the Rotary Club of South Madras.
- ‘Sangeetha Gana Sudha Nidhi’ by Thyagaraja Samithi, Anantapur.
- ‘Sangeetha Sudhakara’, by his Holiness Sri Sringeri Sankaracharya, Sringeri Math.
- Asthana Vidwan of Shri Datta Peetham, Mysore and Sri Sringeri Math, Sringeri.
- `Gana Kala Bharathi’ by Hindu American Temple and Cultural Centre, NJ, USA.
- `Outstanding Young Musician Award’ by Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer trust, Madras.
- `Kalki Award’ for Young Musician, given by the Kalki Magazine, Madras.
- `Central Excise Award for Young Achiever’ by the Central Excise Department, Government of India.
- `Sahitya Priya’ Award given for clear diction and soulful singing, by Jankalyan Trust, Madras.
As a Composer
Rajkumar has donned the role of composer and music director and has been involved in composing music for Audio CD’s, thematic presentations, dance ballets and also for fusion projects.