Radhika’s personal and artistic endeavours are a tribute to her namesake—also known as Radha—the Vedic goddess of unconditional love and devotion, and Lord Krishna’s greatest devotee. Her Indian, East African, and British roots have found full expression in her music as has the influence of the free-spirited women in her life, her mother and her two grandmothers, and her father, whose passion for classical Indian music stirred Radhika from infancy.
During her early childhood growing up in London, England, Radhika’s family would often host musical gatherings. She would frequently sit beside her father as he played the harmonium and sang ancient bhajans (devotional songs) and the songs of classic Bollywood films of the 1950s and ‘60s. These experiences, coupled with her travels throughout Southeast Asia, would provide a permanent
The story of three generations,
foreign lands and purpose through sound.
"Sounds keep us connected to where we came from"
- Radhika vekaria
connection with the rich heritage of sacred Eastern art, music, literature, and mythology, and profoundly influence her artistic expression.
Trained in classical piano and violin beginning at the age of six, Radhika initially thought she wanted to become a doctor. Eventually she went on to study mathematics, earning a BSc in Economics from University College London. During this time, she continued to pursue music. But after graduation, she realized that her heart was inextricably tied to music, and she began to pursue it full time — performing jazz and devotional music, composing for radio and television, and traveling worldwide with a variety of artists, including Nitin Sawnhey, Grammy award winning musician Eddie Palmieri, and Prince.
She has garnered a wealth of live theatrical experience playing the lead in Franco Dragone’s multi-faceted production INDIA INDIA in Germany, working closely with America’s Got Talent Director Brian Burke (La Reve, and Celine
Dion’s ONE FINE DAY) and performing a repertoire of songs from Peter Gabriel, Sting, and A. R. Rahman, among others. During this time, she was able to learn phonetically complex Tamil, Hindi, Bengali compositions, which sparked her return to Eastern music, and a move to the U.S., where she studied at the renowned Ali Akbar College of Music. In 2018 Radhika was grand prize winner of the Global Peaces Song Awards.
Her new music project, SAPTA, The Seven Ways, is a powerful ode to her Indian roots and features ancient Sanskrit mantras that are enhanced by striking sound textures from lands touched by her ancestry. Great effort was made to ensure the authenticity and timelessness of the songs and mantras on SAPTA, to preserve the purity of the sacred vibrations inherent in each chant.
An avid practitioner of yoga and a certified teacher of Vinyasa and Ashtanga schools of yoga, with strong interest in dharmic traditions and yoga philosophy, Radhika teaches vocal focus connection and mantra, while also donating her time to philanthropic causes in Nepal. Currently sits on the board of the Los Angeles Chapter of the United Nations Association, whose goal is to bring into action the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set forth by the United Nations with a special focus on advocacy. She resides in Los Angeles, California.
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