The Raghu Dixit Project makes multilingual folk music. It is a true representation of today's India. Ethnic and rooted at the core, and based on age old Indian poetry and folk songs, it is at the same time, global in its outlook. It’s not a surprise that Raghu has been referred to as India’s biggest cultural export of recent times.
He says of his music, "Every 200 kilometres in this country, languages change, the dialects change and the food changes, lives and lifestyles change and my music is unique and probably the USP is that it's sung in a vernacular tongue… it adds mystery.”
Dixit has produced music for contemporary dance and theatre productions. He has composed and produced music for most of the productions by the Indian contemporary dance group Nritarutya. Girish Karnad's Hayavadana and Black Coffee's Body Catcher have been his most famous works that brought him critical acclaim as a composer for theatre productions. He also composes for feature films.
In April 2012, her performed for Queen Elizabeth II of England at her Diamond Jubilee pageant.
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Raghu Dixit’s remarkable rise has been nothing short of spectacular. The former Bharatnatyam dancer’s rousing folk rock is not only the symbol of metropolitan India’s blossoming alternative music scene, but is also making waves internationally.
Hi music is a potent mix of folk, blues, rock, Sufi, funk, reggae, bhangra and Latin.
Raghu’s self-titled album became the biggest selling non-Bollywood record in India (2009). He has also written scores for two Kannada-language (his native tongue) movies. Both were cult hits, that are what made him popular in his home state.
Although it’s not immediately obvious, Raghu’s songs are inspired by the verse of classic Indian poets. "It’s a big mission to take ancient songs and poetry and bring them to contemporary audiences, and contemporary writers too."
It might seem strange that an artist reflective of 21st century India is ‘folk’ but for Raghu, folk is a state of mind.
For the moment, Raghu is concentrating on building his international fan base, before settling to record his second album.