Blending east with west, Harini S Raghavan, a.k.a., Rini creates music that transcends borders and limitations. She fuses Indian Classical and Folk music with Electronica and Rock, and the result is delightful. Her talent as a singer, violinist, and composer have led to her performing and recording with A.R. Rahman, among many other notable musicians. She has graced the No.1 spot in the list of top world-music bands in New York City, as ranked by The Deli NYC Magazine.
I have no regrets about how it all came about, I value all the experiences I have had and the skills I acquired.”
Harini’s musical journey started at a very young age. “I started playing violin and singing at the age of 4, my grandmother taught me the basics and then had me enrolled with a Carnatic music teacher. After school, I started learning Western violin and started blending both styles to create music that defines me. At Berklee College of Music, I picked up a few different styles of singing and playing, as well as learning composition, arranging and production.”
Despite getting into music so young, Harini still had her doubts. She went on to study Software Engineering and then worked as a developer for 4 years. But, when you are destined for something, you eventually get there, even if there are a few detours along the way. Harini elaborates, “In those 4 years, I honed my skills, participated in a reality show ‘Hariyudan Naan’, recorded a jingle for A.R. Rahman and got inspired. I have no regrets about how it all came about, I value all the experiences I have had and the skills I acquired.”
I believe music is a medium for social change and I write music to express topics that I feel strongly about like women empowerment and climate change.”
The road to the top is always laden with hardships that sometimes lead to wavering convictions and self-doubt. Such was the case even with Harini, right after she graduated from Berklee. But, here she is, triumphantly steering her career upwards. She says, “I realized that there is a curve that keeps going up if you keep at it, learn from failures, innovate and bring focus and intent into your work.”
A musician with a cause, Harini says, “I believe music is a medium for social change and I write music to express topics that I feel strongly about like women empowerment and climate change.”
Many exciting opportunities are lined up for Harini in the near future. Sharing her plans, she says, “I am excited at the possibility of collaborations with new musicians I meet. We’ll be releasing new music and videos soon and I have plans for a U.S. West coast tour and possibly a multi city tour in India, later this year.”
Harini shares some practical and useful advice for those pursuing their dreams, “Research the different opportunities out there, talk to people in that field and get to know their stories. In today’s world, it’s possible to freelance and work on multiple things that span your interests.”
Harini S Raghavan’s discipline towards music has led to her success. She had a dream, a moment of doubt didn’t stop her, instead it drove her to work harder to achieve that dream. You have to work hard to make it in life; you might as well do it for the one thing you unconditionally love.