Artists Teachers and Affiliations
Niraj Parikh is a leading luminary of the Mewati gharana of north-Indian classical music. Born as the eldest son to an acclaimed vocalist – the late revered Guru Shri Krishnakant Parikh, music became synonymous with life right from birth. He blossomed as a vocalist under his father’s tutelage and matured as a gandabandh shagird (disciple christened by a traditional thread ceremony) of Sangeet Martand Padma Vibhushan Shri Pandit Jasraj. He picked up the finer nuances of music by travelling with his father and accompanying Pandit Jasraj in concerts across the world. His musical journey with Panditji goes back to 30 years and this experience holds a special place in his heart.
Parikh’s forte lies in raga badhat (raga expansion) andlaykari (play with taal meter) with which he renders a highly nuanced performance. He commands equal expertise over the three saptaks (scales) seamlessly moving from one to the other. Audiences revel in his unique rendering of sargams, various taan patterns and tihais. He also specializes in classical devotional music composing albums like Aarogyam-anandam (Times Music), Madhav Madhurya (privately sponsored) and Om Namo Bhagvate Vasudevaya (Sur Mandir) which bring to fore his literary and musical sensibilities. These ancient verses retain their traditional flavor in his music and identifies equally with listeners of all ages.
His forays in to music direction for television serials and playback singing have also been well-received. He has collaborated with leading Indian dancers composing classical music ballets for them in Kathak, Bharatnatyam and Odissi dance-styles. His music direction for ballets and fusion experiments have won him a number of awards. The Government of Gujarat relies on his advice for its cultural events.
Parikh travels extensively giving concerts in all major cities of India and also in prestigious music conferences like Pt. Motiram Sangeet Samaroh, Hyderabad; Sankat Mochan Sangeet Samaroh, Benaras; Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Samaroh, Hoogly; Saptak Festival of Music, Ahmedabad to name a few. Apart from that, he has performed in various countries Africa, Asia Europe, South America and United States of America . Along the way, he has picked up awards like the ‘leading vocalist award’ by Gujarat Sangeet Natak Academy , the ‘Navdeep’ award and ‘Sangeet Ratna’ award conferred by Divine Life Mission, India.
Parikh vows to carry forward his father’s legacy by committing himself to preparing a generation of vocalists. After his father’s demise last year, Parikh took under his tutelage his father’s students and is making humble efforts to encourage them. It is a proud moment for him to see these students performing on stage at different forums.