He was already a trained Bharatanatyam dancer and a self taught guitarist. But in 2008, the world saw the unconventional singer in Raghu Dixit. Five years and more than 750 live shows later, Raghu is back with his second album, Jag Changa.
Talking about his journey, the singer says:
“It has just started. With the right amount of preparation and with one album (Antaragni: The fire within; 2008) released, it’s a challenge for me to match up to people’s expectations and go beyond it.”
Raghu is happy with the current music scenario and the increasing pop culture. “It’s much more real now; there are more bands around, which perform all over the world and make India proud. They are much more closer to their roots,” says the singer.
A lot of musicians ‘lift’ tunes from other songs in the name of ‘inspiration’. But Raghu is clear about not mixing the two. “Inspiration for me is when you are responding to your heart and listen to what it says, and then work accordingly. While lifting is listening to what is happening around you and getting inspired. They both are two very different things, often linked together by some people.”
The Bengaluru-based singer hasn’t just performed across India but the world too. But the 39-year-old says, “Performing outside Bengaluru (Karnataka) is equivalent to performing in a foreign country where people don’t understand my language (Kannada). So, before I start performing, I explain to my audiences what the song is all about, and what it means.”
Raghu, who will be performing at the MTV Unplugged Season 3 soon, believes that music overcomes all barriers. “It is through music that artists are able to convey what they want to say despite language differences,” he says. Raghu has also composed for Bollywood. About his upcoming projects, he says, “I’m composing for Yash Raj Films’ Bevakoofiyaan starring Sonam Kapoor and Ayushmann Khurrana. I even recorded a song with Ayushmann for the film.”
He holds a Masters of Science degree in Microbiology, and even won a gold medal for it. A Vidwat in Bharatanatyam, Raghu hails from Mysore, but is settled in Bengaluru. He is the founder, and lead singer of his band, The Raghu Dixit Project. The singer’s USP is traditional Indian sounds mixed with western influences. Raghu has also composed for films such as Quick Gun Murugan and Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge.