Deepak Ram
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Deepak is an incredibly versatile artist who is well known for his evocative performances in traditional North Indian Classical Music, his collaborations with musicians of other genres, his innovative compositions and for his excellence as a teacher.
Deepak RamÙs first love is north Indian classical music. Indeed, he is an accomplished soloist. He is a delightful and captivating performer, combining technical mastery with personal charm.

Albums:

  1. Flute For Thought
  2. Searching For Satyam
  3. Darius Brubeck & Deepak Ram - Gathering Forces Vol. 2
  4. Live in France 1997 ( DVD )

Deepak Ram's other Discography:

Ragas Bhupali and Kirwani
Prasad "Blessing" with Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri
Beauty in Diversity
Samvad "Conversation" with Ustad Tari Khan
One Breath with Pandit Anindo Chatterjee
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"Phenomenal flute playing, accomplished performer and composer."

(London Guardian, 1998)

Senior disciple of world renowned bansuri maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia

Best Instrumental Album, South African Music Awards, 2000


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He has performed in the United States of America (where he is currently based), South Africa, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Austria, Germany, Lebanon, Turkey and Holland and had the honor of accompanying his teacher, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, in Geneva, London and Paris.
Deepak began his formal training in bansuri and tabla under Sri Jeram Bhana in South Africa in 1975. Two years later he was off to Mumbai, India to study flute under the late Sri Suryakant Limaye (IndiaÙs master flute maker); he simultaneously spent a short time under flautist, Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao.

It was in 1981 that his dream was realized when he became the disciple of the celebrated flautist, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia (with whom he continues to study from time to time). During this period he also studied tabla under Sri Yashwant Padhye and music theory and voice under Pandit Rajaram Shukla.

Deepak earned a Masters degree in Music (MMus) from Rhodes University, South Africa, in 1996 for his thesis, Exploring syncretism between Indian and western music through composition.
DeepakÙs versatility is apparent in his numerous collaborations with musicians of various genres. These include performances with jazz pianists Darius Brubeck and Bheki Mseleku, Tunisian oud player and vocalist Dhafer Yousseff and the popular South African band Tananas. On January 1 2000, Deepak performed with South African musicians like Sibongile Khumalo and the Rwandan diva, Cecile, on Robben Island in South AfricaÙs millennium concert hosted by presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki.
Deepak has six solo albums to his credit and as a session musician can be heard on over twenty five albums. His bansuri can also be heard on movie soundtracks, such as The Fast And The Furious, Matrix Revolutions, India, Kingdom of the Tiger and Stealth.


In 2000 Deepak was awarded Best Instrumental Album at the South African Music Awards for his album Searching for Satyam. His previous album Flute for Thought also saw him being nominated for Best Male Artist and Best Instrumental Album in the 1999 South African Music Awards. Both these albums feature Deepak's compositions and arrangements based on elements of north Indian music.
DeepakÙs knowledge of both Indian and western traditions is evident in his compositions which range from pieces for jazz groups, western flute quartets (flute, violin, viola and cello), choral works and ballets to orchestral pieces. His last work SURYA for classical guitar and bansuri, commissioned by the award winning guitarist Mesut Özgen was premiered at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Deepak is currently working on music for bansuri and string quartet.
One of Deepak RamÙs fortes is his ability to communicate his knowledge, making him an excellent teacher. Most recently, he served as visiting professor in Indian Music at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He lectured full time for four years at the University of Durban-Westville, South Africa, and has conducted many workshops in Indian music in the USA, United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. He also has several publications to his credit, including an instruction booklet, Harmonium made easy.

 

PRESS COMMENTS:

Ram is certainly an accomplished player, displaying a technical mastery reminiscent of his famous teacherÙs&.RamÙs playing is mysterious and haunting. Ram proves on this recording (Prasad) that heÙs likely to become a central figure in a new generation of Indian musicians. - Gerry Farrell, Songlines, U.K., November & December, 2002

His work was impressive. He made emotional and technical magic come out of that close-to-a-yard-long wooden instrument. He proved that he possesses the lungs, the lips, and the fingers to control his ungainly flute. And he conveyed feeling ever so effectively as each raga moved from melismatic, heart-of-space exhortation to virtuoso exhibitionism, from carried-on-a-breeze atmospherics to rip-snorting pyrotechnics. - Peter Jacobi, Herald-Times Reviewer, Bloomington, IN, 2001

... Phenomenal flute playing, accomplished performer and composer" - London Guardian, 1998

"... This is an artist in the real sense of the word..." - Blues and Soul, London, 1998

Deepak is a master of the bansuri flute, a haunting traditional Indian instrument that he mixes masterfully with acoustic jazz improvisation. Music for the soul, make no mistake. - Wax Magazine, 1999

He provides a round even tone, with a purity which commands a gamut of dynamics. No speed is too fast if the music demands it, and any player would envy his flutter-tonguing. - Grocotts Mail, Grahamstown, 1989

He is able to make this deceptively simple looking instrument do astonishing things. At first recitative, with impeccable phrasing, it is soon clear that he is equally at home with turns and runs. - Natal Witness, Pietermaritzburg, 1990

He does not play his instrument, he is his instrument. It seems as though the breath of a melody was passing through the air which he simply reached up and caught in his flute. - Daily News, Durban, 1991

The music was almost therapeutic. Its melodies seemed to occupy an element somewhere between water and air.  - Rhodeo, Grahamstown, 1989

South African composer Deepak Ram's score is rich and haunting innovative without straying too far from its ancient roots. - Cape Times, 1987

As Guest Musician, Soundtracks & Compilations:

Matrix Revolutions  Soundtrack w/ Juno Reactor
Hariprasad Chaurasia, Live in Paris, Krishnadwani Vol. 2, 1 Raga Jog
Buddha Bar V.1: Mixed By Claude Challe
Buddha Bar III
Putumayo Presents: Asian Groove
Global Vibes MELT 2000
Jazz'in & Jive'in MELT 2000
Rough Guide To South African Jazz
Dhafer Youssef - Malak
Dhafer Youssef - Electric Sufi
Claude Chalhoub  Self-Titled
Tananas - Orchestra Mundo
Transglobal Underground with Natacha Atlas - Psychic Karaoke
Vas Feast of Silence
Krishna Lila  DJ Cheb I Sabbah
Gathering Forces 2 Deepak Ram & Darius Brubeck MELT 2000
India  Kingdom of the Tiger IMAX Soundtrack w/ Michael Brook
Indian Dream, Volume 1  Emam
Mantra: Premananda & Turkantam
Mesut Ozgen & Friends  New Dimensions in Classical Guitar - DVD