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Anirudh Rajagopalan is an Indian-Japanese-American music composer, director, producer, singer, songwriter, and performer who is passionate about various music cultures of the world and integrating them into new fusions.
He has numerous songs and albums published on all major streaming services. He works primarily with instrumental songs but is looking to expand his work to include vocals as well.
Anirudh is active on all socials, and Instagram is the platform he uses the most, posting highlights and reels on a daily basis to his audience.
His work has been noticed and/or reposted by notable actors, directors, and singers including:
Ram Sampath for "Zaalima" from Raees
Jonita Gandhi for "Yaadon Mein" from Jab Harry met Sejal
Nargis Fakhri for "Tum Ho" from Rockstar
Mukesh Chhabra for "Khulke Jeene Ka" from Dil Bechara
Nikhita Gandhi for "Neetho Alaa"/"Theera Ulaa"/"Jee Lein" from Ok Bangaram/O Kadhal Kanmani/Ok Jaanu
Solange Merdinian for "My Mind Is a Stranger Without You" from The Hundred-Foot Journey
Sharman Joshi for "Luka Chuppi" from Rang de Basanti
Harshdeep Kaur, Sukhwinder Singh, and Raj Arjun for "Udi Udi Jaye" from Raees
Amit Trivedi and Meghna Mishra for "Sapne Re" from Secret Superstar
Harshdeep Kaur and Nizami Bandhu for "Phir Se Ud Chala" from Rockstar
Baba Sehgal for "Puriyavillai" from Singam II
Raja Kumari, Jonita Gandhi, and Hriday Gattani for "Mera Naam Kizie" from Dil Bechara
In addition, he has met and had conversations with celebrities including A.R. Rahman, Jonita Gandhi, Haricharan Seshadri, A.R. Ameen, and more.
His mother, Malathy Rajagopalan grew up learning Carnatic music from her family and since then, she has been teaching hundreds of students in the United States and India all about this wonderful art. She is also an active performer and has judged numerous events in the United States and abroad.
This is what led Anirudh to take up mridangam and he started learning in 2008 under Dr. Vasudevan Namboodiri and seven years later, he started learning from Sri Trichur C. Narendran. He is still active, learning under both his gurus.
One of Anirudh's uncles, Sriram Parthasarathy, is a renowned playback singer for South Indian films who has worked with composers and directors such as Harris Jayaraj, Ilaiyaraaja, and A.R. Rahman.
In 2010, Anirudh won his first trophy in the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana and went on to bag six more titles in the next three years. This was due to the strong support he received from his parents, friends, and mridangam teachers.
At the same time, Anirudh developed a huge interest in Bollywood music, listening to songs from Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Vishal-Shekar, A.R. Rahman, Pritam, Jasleen Royal, and Raghav Mathur, to name a few. Anirudh also currently listens to Portuguese fado, French and German popular music to explore different genres as well.
In addition, Anirudh does extensive research on the culture, history, and musical genres of Germany and is currently learning German. His latest album focuses on integrating German musical genres with Western-traditional orchestras.
Anirudh also studies Western Music Theory, researching the various aspects and principles.
The 2010s saw Anirudh receiving opportunities to perform all around the state of Ohio in cities like Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, and Cleveland. And then, he began getting offers to perform in other states as well.
In 2018, Anirudh partnered with Apple Music, Spotify, and other streaming platforms to promote his music to an even bigger base. Noticing how more and more people were discovering new music and new artists on both platforms, Anirudh decided to build up his own artist pages and platform.
Over the next few years, he filled his pages with compositions and covers that have never failed to impress. And they have garnered him fans not just in the United States and India, but in places like Brazil, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, France, Germany, Spain, the UK, and many more countries.
He currently has over 50 compositions (not all released) to his credit, and this number will keep growing.
Skilled in Carnatic and Bollywood music, mridangam (professionally), piano, violin, and ghatam, Anirudh has become notable for nailing famous Bollywood songs on the piano and performing frequently for charitable events. Some of these events include a 2012 fundraiser for the Hindu Temple of Dayton, Ohio, multiple charities in 2014-2018 for the Sai Baba Temple in Mason, Ohio, multiple Sangeetha Samapranams in Dayton as well, and a 2018 event in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Many more events that are too many to name here but are no less important have allowed Anirudh to hone his skills and take them even further.
In 2019, Anirudh's talents led him to learn more about recording and mastering under his father's colleague. He then launched his album, "Keep In Touch" which featured the single "Portugal".
And then, he came out again with "Destiny" in February 2020.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Anirudh took the time to work on several songs that he initially compiled into "Synergy", but he packed in more songs to ultimately come up with "Moments".
2021 saw Anirudh move to studio production and writing music using a wider range of instruments and genres. Anirudh began writing for pieces consisting of combinations of orchestral symphonies, piano, acoustic and classical guitars.
"The Magic Umbrella" was released in March 2021, showcasing Anirudh's amazing work from the studio. This album tells a story through music, with its melodious tunes.
"Glücklich" expands on Anirudh's studio work. This new album explores the various genres common to contemporary Germany, as well as German folk, and integrates them all with elements of Western string orchestras.
In late 2021, Anirudh moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, and began collaborating with many local artists and creators to expand on his work. He is slowly but steadily finding his platform there, including finding access to more instruments.
He is currently composing his very first film score for a movie that is scheduled to release in 2023.
Anirudh's love for creating and sharing music comes from his belief that we are at a time when our relationships with one another are in our hands. We have the power to improve and expand on these relationships and music is the universal language that helps achieve this purpose.