VidyA: The Best of Both Worlds - An interview with Prasant in the magazine Music! The Sounds of Santa Barbara. January 2011.
This section is a mixture of links and quotes from journalist reviews and listeners.
"Next Phase of VidyA" -Article in the East Bay Express about Prasant and his work with VidyA. March 2010.
"Strict Adherence to Classicism" - Concert review in The Hindu by Lalitha Krishnan. August 2008.
"When East Meets West" - An article in a The Hindu supplement called "NXG." August 2008.
"Carnatic Music Gets a Saxy Makeover" - Article in a Hindu magazine called "Ergo." August 2008.
"Sax Player Melds jazz, Indian Classical" - Prasant on the front page of SF Chronicle's Datebook. February 2008.
Prasant and his Carnatic-Jazz group VidyA featured in SF Chronicle's 2007 Year in Jazz Review (Online version)
A style that's madly percussive and sparkling with...a saxophone that switches idioms from second to second, and a warm, quickly picked string bass. The result combines jazz's sweet dreaminess with the Indian form's insistent rhythmic and tonal changes...
SF Weekly describing VidyA, March 2007.
Even with the high level of discipline associated with Most Indian Music, there is a relaxed and distinctly meditative quality to the nine selections on "Duality"...Interplay, counterpoint, and rapid time-shifts are played to perfection here, making "Duality" a great choice...4.5 stars
-EOM Entertainment (full review)
If a section of genuine rasikas [in India] avoid saxophone recitals, it is because of its association with the high decibel. Such an opinion was negated to a certain extent in Prasant Radhakrishan's handling of the instrument. It was sweet melody all the way...
...Perfect! You will rule the world.
An interview with Prasant in The Hindu: November 14, 2004 (Online version)
On Swara Sudha, Prasant demonstrates himself to be a versatile saxophonist, exhibiting an impressive technique and superb command of his instrument.
A 21 year old virtuoso, Shri Prasant Radhakrishnan proved that age is not a strong determinant of musical ability. His incredible saxophone playing blended both his background in Carnatic (South Indian) Classical Music and Jazz so well that it seemed like the two genres were one and the same.
A great moment in Karnatic music: Ingenious, what else but the saxophone could yield Karnatic music that is instantly pleasurable to the non-Indian listener and the Indian listener as well?
Instrument players often develop a penchant for hyperbole presentations. If they are young the hazard is greater. Luckily, Prashant Radhakrishnan (U.S.), another teenage youth and disciple of Kadri Gopalnath presented a fairly restrained saxophone concert. The Kalyanavasantham ("Nadaloludai") and Karaharapriya ("Pakkalanilapadi") were marked by leisurely pace and proved his comprehension of "sowkya" bhava.
An Excellent Record for Fans of Jazz or Carnatic Music: This album [Swara Sudha] is surprisingly captivating and demands repeated listening. Fans of early free jazz will enjoy Prasant Radhakrishnan's soulful intonation, which is reminiscent of John Coltrane's later works. Likewise, devotees of Carnatic music will relish the subtlety and virtuosity of Radhakrishnan's playing.
There are brilliant, unique and capturing moments in each piece; moments where you would say to yourself "This is fantastic, a masterpiece!
In general, he has a aesthetic perception in essaying ragas, as well as other features like chic rendition of kirtanas, niravel and swaram, at the same time displaying his laya (rhythmic) talents here and there.
The songs are truly inspirational and they are fun and interesting to listen to during any mood.
Truly a prodigy of this music, Prasant has made a wonderfully musical CD that will appeal to anyone from any musical background.
To hear this style of music with a saxophone as the key instrument is a blessing...
I never thought the saxophone could play Carnatic music so softly and melodiously!
A great moment in Carnatic music...ingenious...
Your style is actually more like Mali
- Washington D.C. concert listener
When I heard you playing Kalyanavasantha raga, I involuntarily said "Ah-ha." Whenever I say that I know it must be really good.
- Bala Nathan, President: Jayamangala.