Prakash Hariharan is a classically trained electric mandolin virtuoso. He focuses on fusion and South Indian classical (Carnatic) music. His formative years were spent training under Mandolin U.P. Raju and Vocal & Vainika Vidhushi Innisai Maamani Smt. Padma Veeraraghavan. He has been performing for more than 15 years and won the National level Music Competition held by All India Radio in 2007 (Carnatic Instrumental category) and also became an All India Radio ‘B’ grade artist. He is also the recipient of the Bharath Kalachar and CCRT Central Government Scholarships.
In addition to his original and classical work, Prakash continues to work in the film industry with notable composers like A.R. Rahman, Harris Jeyaraj, Imman composing and producing soundtrack works.
In 2014, he released his first classical album, Gayaki Mandolin to coincide with a North American tour. Later in the year, he also released an EP with his fusion band Project YUJ.
Prakash is also a professional voice-over artist and plays semi-pro Cricket at club level.
Prakash has extensive experience as a composer and arranger on pop and commercial projects. This has included ad jingles for Nathella, Panasonic, Narinyas, song composing (albums / films) for Aid India, YAS (Vasantham TV, Singapore), and music for gaming and other media streams.
He has also done voice-over work for radio and television ad commercials including RMKV, Lyca Mobile, Big 92.7 FM, Chutti TV etc, Disney animation projects and corporate training projects.
Additionally, he produces albums/singles under his media banner YUJ Entertainment. These include Mandolin Prakash Project (Vol.1), Gayaki Mandolin.
In addition to his classical and fusion work, Prakash is a seasoned session musician, playing on a wide variety of music projects. He is available for studio and live projects, film and non-film. He is able to tailor his style to the needs to the project / musician / composer / company.
Some of the leading composers / musicians with whom he has collaborated include A.R.Rahman, Harris Jeyaraj, Imman, Yuvan Shankar Raja, G.V.Prakash, Deepak Dev, Ramesh Vinayagam, T.H.Subhash Chandran, Bonnie Chakraborthy, Thaman, Anirudh, Stephen Devassy, Prashant Pillai, B.J.Bharath, P.C.Shivan, Job Kurien, Karthik, Srinivas, Naresh Iyer, Haricharan, Rahul Nambiar, Shweta Mohan, Rita.
Prakash is a seasoned South Indian (Carnatic) guitar and mandolin teacher. He is available for lessons in person and online (Skype, Facetime). He is capable of addressing the needs of beginning students (basic exercises, geethams) all the way to advanced students (varnams, kritis, manodharma, advanced theory). For more information visit the contact page.
For anyone wanting to learn Carnatic music on guitar or mandolin, Prakash is the man. Period. You will simply not find someone who is as iconoclastic and elastic about the way to teach while sticking to the values that make Carnatic music the powerful genre it is. If anyone truly wishes to master the melodic possibilities on the instrument, Prakash offers a phenomenal gateway. From basic exercises all the way up to the nuanced, complex and virtuoso canon of Indian classical, Prakash can cover it all.
- Joe Lang, learning since 2010
He is a perfect teacher and performer! Teaching such an intricate artform requires both patience and knowledge and he seems to have both in abundance. I feel blessed to be learning from him.
– Ashwin C, learning since 2011
Prakash is an outstanding Carnatic mandolin teacher. A description of his skills begins first with his own superb competency as a mandolinist. He has a huge amount of personal talent and music knowledge; but equally important is his capacity for coaching. When teaching compositions, he pays attention to both technical details and the emotions that need to be expressed. He is very demanding of his students and defines clear-cut goals and deadlines. I look forward to his online mandolin carnatic classes which have the same level of quality as face to face classes.
– Karthik K, learning since 2013
I have always been exposed to great quality music since childhood days. Hailing from a musical background, I follow the nuances of Carnatic music. However, a thorough understanding of its intricacies happened only after I started to take lessons from him. His dedication makes you get every note, punctuation right. A true teacher, with plethora of options, catering to needs of each student by embracing technology, without compromising on the roots of Carnatic Music.
- Deepthi K, learning since 2014