VidyA at Hillside Club Recap and Photos

Last Friday, September 19, 2008, we performed at the Hillside Club in Berkeley, CA. It was great to play in the beautiful hall they have there. Despite the presidential debates, we had a receptive audience. We had a special guest on bass, Eric Vogler, filling in for David Ewell. Aside from playing bass, Eric is a genius at programming music through his computer.

Here are some pictures. View the whole set on flickr.










It was a fun two concerts — for YBCA at the Red Poppy and Hillside Club in Berkeley. Sameer has gone back to New York. We should all be getting together and playing again soon. In mean time, you can support us by checking out our new album if you have not already.

A live clip from Friday’s VidyA concert

I have finally done it. At long last. I actually brought my recorder with me and recorded last Friday’s VidyA concert that took place at the Red Poppy Art House as part of YBCA (Yerba Buena Center for the Arts) Bay Area Now series. The recorder was actually placed behind us, because there was no other place to put it, but you can still hear everything pretty well.

I felt the concert went quite well musically and I think its mainly a result of trying to keep the songs fresh every time and take chances with the compositions.

I decided to make a part of it available online for you to download and enjoy. This is the first part of the 2nd set. A new ragamalika (multiple raga) exploration that segways into Kauveri, which happens to be another song with multiple ragas. Click the link below to download (right-click to save it).

Nine / Kauveri (VidyA live 9/19/08)


VidyA concerts Fri 9/19 and Fri 9/26

Just a quick reminder — a couple great VidyA concerts coming up.

Friday, September 19, 2008. 8pm.

VidyA at Yerba Buena Bay Area Now series. San Francisco, CA.
Located at 2698 Folsom St at the Red Poppy Art House (23rd and Folsom).
More info here.

Friday, September 26, 08 – VidyA at Hillside Club. Berkeley, CA. This is a beautiful venue in the East Bay. If you haven’t been, make sure to come! This will feature Eric Vogler as a guest on bass.

2286 Cedar Street
Berkeley 94709
Info: (510) 845-1350
More Info here.

Here are some pictures to leave you with.




Take care,


New VidyA Photos

To coincide with our new VidyA CD release, we finally got some photos taken by a great Bay Area photographer, Nate Keck (who also happens to be a friend of the Red Poppy).

I think we were able to get a few nice shots — the whole thing was natural with very limited actual posing for the pictures. That was great for me, because posing is not my forte. I think David has it down though.

Anyways, I uploaded all the color pictures to flickr, so please check them out and tell us your favorites in the comments or via e-mail. It hard to decide looking at so many pictures of ourselves. We eventually have to choose two or three that would be used for most purposes.

View the pictures here.

Here is my favorite: L-R: Sameer Gupta, David Ewell, Prasant Radhakrishnan.



If you are in the Bay Area, make to sure to check out two exciting concerts we have this month! Info here.

VidyA CD available all over the web

I mentioned in an earlier post that I would let you know when the new VidyA CD would be available at major retailers online.


Well, its a bit delayed, but here are the links you might have been waiting for.

Some independent music stores like Amoeba, Rasputin, Aquariu etc., will also carry it. If you don’t see it, ask for it! There are also other online services that have it as well.

VidyA CD Release Concert Tonight!/ Radio Play / Record Stores


That is me right this moment…not sure why I decided to include this picture.

Today we will be performing at the Red Poppy Art House to celebrate the release of the new CD!

It is extra special, because today is my dad’s birthday (mom, myself, dad below).
Happy Birthday!


We will also be doing a photo shoot with Bay Area photographer Nate Keck, so you can finally expect to see some updated photos of the group for press purposes and otherwise. Here is a random (and blurry) shot of us playing, just for kicks.


Today the new album was played on KPFA’s Music of the World show with David McBurnie. I believe they played “Lost Tales,” the track based on Bhairavi ragam. They also gave away a couple sets of tickets for the concert.

The latest development is that the new album is now available at Ameoba Music in Berkeley and Rasputin in Berkeley, with other locations following soon, like Aquarius in SF (they have East Facing right now). Some of my Indian Classical albums are there also. If you can’t find it there, ask for it and be persistent!

I will post more info as I find out.

Thanks to everyone for your support. There has been so much activity leading up to this album, but I wouldn’t even call it “work” because I have been so lucky to have many great people to work with and great listeners.

Have a great long weekend.

VidyA CD unboxing, packaging preview

I just received the first shipment of the new VidyA CD, which we will be releasing at the Red Poppy this Friday. It was an exciting moment, so I thought I might as well share it with everyone. Here are some pictures of it so you can imagine what it will look like in your own hands…







Of course, it was just made available online for download at Soon it will be available on CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon, etc.

See you soon!

VidyA Album Release!


Yes! The time has finally come for our first full-length CD. It has been about two and a half years since members of VidyA first met. During that time we performed quite a bit, made a good amount of friends, released a preview EP, changed our configuration a bit, and now, finally, can present an audio music package that we are excited to share with our listeners.

The new album features eleven tracks, all of which we have performed extensively live. We recorded the album at N.I. Recording, thanks to Eli Crews and Rich, who helped make it all happen. We were extremely fortunate to have Sebastien Richard do an excellent job mixing our music. It was great working with him and I’m looking forward to the next project to work with him again. Also, thanks to Michael Romanowski who did an amazing job mastering our CD. Everything is finished…we just have to wait for the CD’s to show up at my doorstep.

So when/how can you get the CD?? Well there are a few phases.

1. May 17, 2008 at 12am PST – The VidyA album releases on the new Prasant Radhakrishnan and VidyA Online Store, exclusively as an immediate high quality MP3 download. Pre-orders for the physical CD can also be taken (note that these orders include the immediate download of the MP3 version). If the online store thing is news to you or you want to know more about how it works, check out the previous post.

2. May 23, 2008 at 8 pm – CD Release Concert at Red Poppy Art House, San Francisco. The actual CD will be available for purchase at this concert, so if you are in the SF Bay Area, and you can wait an extra week, come on down, enjoy the show and pick up a copy. Pre-orders from the online store will be shipped on May 23rd, 2008.

3. May 24 onwards – The new VidyA album will be rolled out to major retailers starting with CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon etc., with select availability at regular stores like Aquarius Records, Amoeba Records, Rasputin (?), Borders, Barnes & Noble etc. I can’t guarantee any specific release dates for these places, just that it will be there eventually.

My advice is to purchase it at the online store, or through one of the smaller retailers.

We are really looking forward to sharing this with you. Hope to see you at the concert!