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UTSAV LAL ‘Raga Pianist’

... Utsav breathes life into ebony & ivory, with a melody that leaves the listener mesmerized & transported into a different world....Hindustan Times.

…Lal is a fleet fingered performer whose best moments can be both highly evocative and dazzling....The Irish Times.

…in quieter moments he is the Phil Coulter of raga but at other times, the sweep and inventiveness of his improvisations recall Keith Jarrett….Terry Blain, music critic.

At 22 yrs of age, pianist Utsav Lal is a musician extraordinaire who has set a precedent in the world of music with his rendition of Ragas on the Piano.

Choosing to perform on an instrument that has traditionally been considered unsuitable for Hindustani Classical Music, Utsav’s innovative handling of a raga blends his diverse musical influences and has left listeners spellbound. His soulful renditions in traditional Alap jod jhala style are expressed with simplicity, sincerity and depth and have won him fans in every corner of the world.

Bestowed with the unique title of “Raga Pianist”, the musician is a delight to watch as he loses himself to his music, fingers follow the pace of the mind with dreamy embellishments and flights of fancy, breathing voice and soul into the piano as he unfolds the notes of the Raga to create a captivating musical experience. Lal’s playing with rhythmic intelligence and unfailing clarity of technique veers from delicately decorative to dazzling moments of improvisations.

Lal’s musical creativity draws from his advanced training in western classical and jazz at the world’s best international music conservatoires along with the exploration of Dhrupad style under his Guru, Ustad F.Wasifuddin Dagar and instrumental style under violinist mentor Sharat Srivastava.

The young musician has had an extraordinary career performing across Italy, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Hong Kong, Sweden, Netherlands, USA, Canada, Singapore and India. Lal’s invitations to present the mesmerizing sound of ragas on the piano have come from leading classical concert venues which include The Carnegie Hall, The John F Kennedy Centre- Washington DC, Southbank Centre London, Theatre Orangerie-Netherlands, NCPA-Mumbai, Konset Huset-Sweden, Nehru Centre-London, India Habitat Centre-New Delhi, The Bridgewater Hall-Manchester, The Chambers-Singapore, Town Hall Symphony Hall-Birmingham, Tagore Centre-Berlin and The National Concert Hall-Dublin.

At the age of 16, record label -Times Music released Utsav’s debut Piano Album titled "Piano Moods of Indian Ragas" and there-onwards the young artist has released two other solo Indian classical albums ( Live recordings) titled “Ragas Dance off Piano Keys” & “Ragas Al Pianoforte” and an Indo-Irish collaborative album titled "ragas to reels" which are all available on a worldwide distribution.

Several laurels and awards to his credit, in 2010, Lal was recognised as a “Young Steinway Artist" on the global top pianists’ roster and is an ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London) International Scholar currently based in Scotland. He features in the Indian Limca Book of Records and is the youngest winner of Ireland’s MAMA Award for championing multiculturalism through music. In Oct 2012, Lal was bestowed the Tie Aspire Young Indian Achiever award for his unrivalled contributions as role model for the youth of India. In 2014, Lal completed his Bachelor of Music-Jazz Piano degree with honors from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and was awarded as Yamaha Jazz Scholar-UK in a special ceremony at the House of Commons-London.

Over the past decade, Utsav has undertaken many initiatives that lend his music to a passionate cause associating with National Association for the Blind, Spastics Society, Make-A-Wish Foundation, World Mercy Fund, World Refugee Day, World Harmony Run, Daniel Pearl Music Foundation & others. In Apr 2012, Utsav’s India tour was dedicated to raise funds and support the work of NGO’s DREAMZ Home, JOSH & SMILE Foundation.

One of Lal’s most exciting projects have been to collaborate in exploring the symbiosis of sound with Brighton-based pianist, composer & inventor, Geoff Smith who unveiled his creation, the Fluid Piano™ in 2009. In 2012, Lal also collaborated to perform with percussionist Talvin Singh at Kings Place-London, Pt. Samir Chaterjee at Asia Music Society-Hong Kong and Scottish fiddler-Adam Sutherland at the Strings of the World Festival.
In Dec 2012, Utsav Lal made history with a live telecast on National TV of his two hour long solo concert, the first ever performance of ragas on the piano at the 137th edition of Harivallabh Sangeet Samelan, India’s oldest classical music festival. In 2015, he was invited to perform at the prestigious classical music festival "Saptak" held annually in Ahemdabad which draws large number of national & international music lovers each year.

Further to this, Lal has also drawn huge recognition for his Indo-Irish confluence initiative titled “Ragas to Reels” which he first performed at The National Concert Hall-Dublin, Southbank Centre-London & Lyrics Theatre-Belfast and later brought to packed houses on an extensive multi city India tour in 2011. The "Ragas to Reels " tour returned to India in Mar-Apr 2014 with 8 performances in 4 cities of India and was the centrepiece of the Golden jubilee celebrations of the Embassy of Ireland in India.

“Ragas have always been my calling” says Utsav, but his versatility has also seen him carve an enviable reputation as a jazz pianist in the vibrant jazz scene of Scotland & Ireland. A regular performer with several jazz bands & the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz orchestra, Lal’s interests have steered him towards collaborative projects with other instruments like the violin, sitar, mridangam, Irish flute, saxophone and also the Japanese shakuhachi. With training in diverse genres, Utsav has conducted several workshops titled “Breaking Boundaries” for aspiring musicians in India & Ireland on thinking outside the box. Utsav's musicality has drawn universal appeal and transcended boundaries procuring appreciation from Western classical, Indian Classical, Jazz and World music groups across the world.

Awards and Recognitions received:
Named as "Young Steinway Artist " on the coveted worlwide artist roster of Steinway & Sons (feb 2010); Featured in the Indian Limca Book of Records 2007 for musical achievements & for being the youngest performer at The Times Festival 2006; Metro Eireann Media & Multicultural Award (MAMA) Award 2008; Young Achiever Award 2008-Rotary Club, Chennai; Saraswati Award 2007-International Cultural Centre Trust, Gurgaon; Hall of Fame-Delhi Public School, New Delhi. Owen Walsh Perpetual Piano Cup 2009 Ireland; Dublin Institute of Technology- Gold Medal Junior Repertoire 2008; Newpark Stanley Piano Cup 2007. Utsav Lal has championed multiculturalism in the UK & Ireland through his music. With performances of Indian music at various concert venues, national television, churches and music festivals, Utsav was nominated by Embassy of India, Dublin, and the Festival of World Cultures, for a MAMA Award in the Individual category for outstanding work towards the building of a multicultural Ireland and was the youngest winner ever of the MAMA Awards in its ten years of running. Also, nominated by the Milap Festival Trust & Surdhwani (both leading arts and culture organizations) for the GG2 Young Achiever Diversity awards 2009 in the UK, Awarded TiE-Aspire Young Achiever Award 2012 for unrivalled contributions as role model for the Youth of India, Yamaha Jazz Scholar -UK, 2014.

Charities & Causes supported:
Fund raising and support performances for various charities/organizations - World Mercy Fund, Telethon People in Need, Holy Ghost Fathers, Rotary Club Industrial Society Chennai, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Spastics Society, National Association for the Blind, The Bridge Foundation Kolkata, Ireland Vinayaka Temple Trust, Doras Luimni. Artist association with Daniel Pearl Foundation. Tribute performances for Daniel Pearl World Music Days in 2008 & 2009.

Cultural Ambassador at World events & Festivals:
World Harmony Run-Ireland chapter 2009; Asia On The Edge Festival 2008-Singapore; Festival of World Cultures 2007 & 2008- Ireland; Taj Festival 2008-Manchester,UK; Laya Festival 2007 & 2008-Ireland; “Into the Light” World Music Concert series 2008-Leeds,UK; Asia Pacific Cultural Week 2007- Berlin; One World Music Evening-2007; Bahaar Utsav-Spring Festival 2008-Wolverhampton, UK; World Refugee Day 2007-Ireland.
Currently invited to present ‘Ragas on the Piano’ at Novara Jazz Festival -May 2010 in Italy , Steinway Hall, London –Sept 2010.

Extensive print & electronic media coverage received:
Featured by leading dailies, Radio and TV Channels in India and worldwide. India Print dailies: The Times of India, The Economic Times, Deccan Chronicle, The Statesman, Deccan Herald, The New Indian Express, The Hindu, The Hindustan Times, Mid-day, Newsweek, Gurgaon Explorer, Mail Today, The Afternoon, The Asian Age. MetroNow, DNA Newspapers, The Telegraph, The Pioneer. India Print magazines: Time Out-Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Rave India, The Week, India today, The Teenager, International Indian, Every Tuesday. India Television channels: NDTV 24/7, Aaj Tak, Times Now, DD news, India TV, Sahara Samay. News 9, Total TV, Channel 7, Zee News, IBN News. India radio channels: Radio Mirchi, World Space Radio.UK: BBC- WM, BBC Hindi Services, BBC- Asian Network, Surtarang Broadcast, The Eastern Eye. Ireland: The Irish Times, Gazette group of newspapers, Southside people, Lifetimes, City Wide News, Metro Eireann, RTE National television. Netherlands: BOS radio. Singapore: The Strait Times, MediaCorp Radio 938LIVE featured on Devika Misra show. Internet: Extensive presence and coverage on the internet. Music sites, blogs, news websites. Artist Website , Performance clips

Various Live in concert videos are available of Utsav Lal on and full details on

Utsav Lal records the Worlds first ever album on the Fluid Piano in July 2015.
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Contact Person:
Artist Manager: Sangita Lal, Mob: +91-9810164027 ( India) ,+353-862252070 (Ireland) .

Media Quotes:

….He breathes life into ebony & ivory with a melody that transports the listener into a different world……...…Hindustan Times.

…..Utsav’s music flows spontaneously from within him & when his fingers dance on the piano keys, his music oozes simplicity & sincerity…Economic Times.

..........Lal is a fleet fingered performer whose best moments can be both highly evocative and dazzling.......The Irish Times

……People were blown away by Utsav. Age aside, he is oozing with talent and it’s a joy to behold him caressing a piano like the way he does…..Jackie Leahy, music critic & organizer of One World Music evening.

……Utsav’s stronghold over Indian Raags was evident from his mature performance. The superb finale piece was complete music to the ears...The Asian Age.

..his fingers move across the keyboard as effortlessly as a ballet dancer would traipse across the stage….Mail Today.

…..When Utsav Lal touches the keys of the piano, he not only creates wonderful music, but touches many hearts…..Times of India

…..The sangat of tabla and piano kept the audiences gripped to their seats and left them screaming for more. During the jugalbandi portions in the concert, the two instruments blended in a true form conceiving musical harmony. There were moments when the audiences stood and applauded amid the rendition of ragas to appreciate the works of the young wizards. When 16 year old Utsav Lal plays the piano, he touches many hearts with his soothing music………..Radio & Music review.

………Utsav Lal inventively combines his dual passion for the piano and the Indian Raga & has made it his mission to create a fusion among the two musical styles without detracting from any of their traditional aspects; an endeavor than many before him have found too difficult……… Groove Shark, from the deep end.

….the dashing young pianist had a superb audience in attendance…. ….the charm for the evening was not only the thrill of listening to India’s youngest concert pianist, but the mesmerizing repertoire of music that he presented that compelled many to think how the piano which is considered the backbone of western music, can be used for Indian raags…….Raga to Rock.