Breathing magical melodies on the Indian bamboo flute, flute virtuoso Sri Raman Kalyan is one of the leading flautists in the Carnatic style of music. He started learning flute under Vidwan A. V. Prakash at the age of 9 and performed his first concert at the age of 15 in Mysore. Raman has studied music with many renowned musicians of diverse backgrounds, enriching his repertoire of music. His intensive training with renowned flautist Sangeetha Kalanidhi Dr. N. Ramani and advanced performance techniques under the guidance of several great stalwarts in the field make him one of the leading flautists of the world today.
With a vision to make Carnatic music global, Raman has performed and collaborated with many well-known artists and musicians both in India and abroad. In addition to being a top ranking artist of All India Radio and Doordarshan, Raman has twice won the “Best Flautist Award” from the prestigious Madras Music Academy for his concert during the December Music Festival. Raman is a featured artist in the "Miles from India" tour and has performed with legends Dave Liebman, Lenny White, Mandolin Shrinivas, Selvaganesh (Remember Shakti), Darryl Jones (Rolling Stones), John Beasley (Finding Nemo), and has performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival & Miles from India Fest in Paris. Raman has performed with South Indian music legends like Dr. M Balamuralikrishna, Dr. N Ramani, and A.K Palanivel and has also been touring as a special guest with the legendary Singer & Guinness record holder K.J Yesudas. His accompaniment for Martha Graham’s documentary “The Flute of Krishna” received international acclaim and his globally popular Youtube channel, which features his meditation music videos, has received more than 300,000 views. Additionally, he has released over 65 CDs & DVDs and has been featured as guest artist in more than 300 commercial recordings and Indian Movies.
As a music educator, Sri Raman Kalyan has trained a number of performing arts students in India and the USA. He has conducted many workshops and pioneered and published new techniques which enable students to get better control over the instrument in the path to mastery of flute playing. His new teaching website, www.carnaticlessons.com, features over 600 learning videos and has received global praise. Raman is the founder and president of Indo American Academy of Classical Music, an organization dedicated to the preservation and propagation of Indian classical music.