Rajeev Raja’s boyhood ardour, like thousands and thousands of others in India, was cricket. Not like many who needed to sacrifice it on the altar of teachers, Rajeev bought to pursue it, because of his household that was loopy concerning the sport. Rajeev’s youthful brother, Arjun, went on to play for Karnataka with Rahul Dravid. His 267 versus Bengal is among the many highest scores by a Karnataka batter within the match. Rajeev’s cricket profession, nonetheless, was beset by a again drawback. After being the opening batsman for his school, he left the sport when he was simply 17.
The heartbreak of quitting cricket was quickly healed by one other love he found: music. Once you hear Rajeev’s story of how he bought into music, it’s tempting to imagine that he was destined to get into it.
“Apart from cricket, my family was into arts. My dad was heavily into theatre. My mom was a good Bharatanatyam dancer before she got married. So, we were surrounded by classical music and Kathakali (we are from Kerala). Though I have sung occasionally in school, I never knew I had the talent. After the back injury, I was dabbling with music in college. I used to play the mouth organ and someone came up to me and said, ‘Hey, why don’t you check out the flute?’”
These informal recommendations can typically start life-altering journeys. Rajeev checked out the flute that day. At the moment, he’s a well known jazz fusion flautist in India, aside from being a veteran advertiser. In hindsight, Rajeev believes the again harm that prevented him from pursuing cricket was windfall. “If I had been a cricketer, I would have stopped playing by now. So, I am glad that I can still play the flute.”
Live performance schedule
Jan 18, 8 pm- RCB Café, RSVP: 9980999944
Jan 19, 7 pm- Natakvalas, Koramangala, Tickets ₹799/-
Jan 20, 7 pm- Bangalore Worldwide Centre. Free entry, first come, first served
Jan 21, 8 pm- KGA, Members & Visitor
His jazz fusion band, The Rajeev Raja Mix, primarily based in Mumbai, has give you a brand new challenge known as ‘Jassplorations’, 10 years after their maiden album, Cosmic Chant.
The band emerges for his or her first reside live performance shortly with a brand-new repertoire of unique compositions impressed by their collective influences and experiences over the previous few years. The compositions pay tribute to the cornucopia of musical kinds, sub-genres and cultural nuances that kind the common cloth of jazz. Creating of their wake an natural and seamless fusion that blends parts of Blues, Rock, Funk, Latin and Indo-fusion music.
Rajeev, in a sequence of reside concert events in Bengaluru, shall be accompanied by a few of Mumbai’s best musicians together with Hitesh Dhutia (guitar), John Jaideep Thirumalai (bass), Arka Chakraborty (piano/keys) Vaibhav Wavikar (drums) with particular visitor artists Chandana (vocals), Vinayak Netke (tabla).
Rajeev desires to take his music past jazz aficionados. “What I have been doing over the past few years is to merge all the elements of jazz and create my compositions, and express them in a way that is much more meaningful to our audiences,” he says.
The Jazzplorations concert events will serve the identical goal. For Rajeev, who now lives in Mumbai, additionally it is a homecoming.