It will be very interesting to know how Kashyap got into the field of performing music. Mr. I Leoni (great orator) happens to be a good family friend of Mr.Raghunaathan, whenever they visited each other Mr.Leoni used to ask Kashyap to sing songs of olden days like those of Thiagaraja bagavathar, NSK etc. To every one’s surprise Mr.I Leoni had asked Kashyap to sing a song on the occasion of their family meet on a housewarming function with full orchestra.Without any hesitation Kashyap jumped onto stage and started singing the famous MGR’s song “Ennai Theriumaa – Naan Sirithu Pazaga “ . Everyone started appreciating Kashyap like anything.
This happened when he was doing his 3rd Std. Soon Mr.Chelliah ( Eng.Professor in Loyola College Chennai) told Mr.Raghunathan ‘ Please take it serious, he requires a good Carnatic music Training, and the boy has got a bright future’ he added “ , Kashyap’s father said “yes”, ‘ he is going to classes already, but still we concentrate more on what you say.’ Then onwards Kashyap has been giving devotional song concerts at temples and other places.
At the time of his first Album recording, he was only 9, Mr.MSV and Mr.SPB gave him lots of support and encouragement. His parents tried to understand that he is a purposeful child, allow him to fulfill his ambitions
In Carnatic Music it was the year 2001 Kashyap for the first time gave a concert in Sriram Bhajan Mandali run By Kashyap’s school Drawing master Mr.Santhanagopalan who was also a great encouragement for Kashyap who got the confidence in him gave him a platform. On that day Kashyap stole everyone’s heart. In his music journey, he happened to meet lots of music legends and dignitaries. Kashyap has received lots of blessings encouragements and supports by various individuals, sabhas, temples, private organizations, Govt organizations and the media.
Kashyap’s parents say “He has begun his musical travel, seeking everyone’s blessings, he should become a legend and Country’s Pride as per his wish. We thank all those who helped him so far to reach this level, and all those who is going to help him in future to achieve more and more and seek each and everyone’s Blessings for his long, healthy, and successful carrier and for the fulfillment of his ambitions.” Kashyap is studying 10th standard in E R H School Trichy.
Kashyap is the only son of his parents. His Parents are Mr.RAGHUNAATHAN (Auditor) and Mrs.Rama Raghunaathan MA Mphil., (Eng.Lit). His mother is correspondent of 2 schools in Trichy namely, Happy Kids Play Home & School (Town & Rural).
Gurus Mrs. Gayathri, Mrs.Mahalakshmi, Mrs.Annakamashi &, Mrs.Kalayani till his 4th year. Karakudi M.S.Mani (AIR) is now training Kashyap in all areas of his singing and he is blessed with great Gurus by Goddess Saraswathi’s grace.
Awards & Titles
- Central Government “NATIONAL CHILD AWARD “ 2005
- Kashyap has been blessed with “NATIONAL CHILD AWARD FOR EXCEPTIONAL ACHEVEMENT\” for 2004 in the fields of PERFORMING ARTS – VOCAL SINGING AND PAINTING.
- MANIKKAVASAGAR TEMPLE TRUST “MANIVASAGA MANI” 2005
- Kashyap has been awarded this title when he was performing at “ Thiruvaadavoor” a temple for Manikkavasagar recently built by Kamatchi puri aadeenam on the eve of its Kumbabisekam of the temple, inaugurated by Isaignani Ilayaraja.
- TAMILSANGAM TRICHY “THAMIL ISAI THENDRAL” 2005
- R R SABHA – TRICHY “L V MEMORIAL –2004 / 2005
- Kashyap has won the prestigious award in RR Sabha Trichy- :” L V Memorial “ for the year 2004 by winning competitions in the Sabha
- BHARATHI YUVA KENDRA “YUVA KALA BHARATHI” 2005
- MADRAS TELUGU ACADEMY “UGADHI PURASKAR” 2005
Kashyap has been awarded ‘CHILD PRODIGY’ award by MADRAS TELUGU ACADEMY in the name of “SAMAIKYA BHARATH GAURAV SATKAR 2005’
- SRI MADHVA ASSOCIATION TANJORE “ INNISAI VENDAN” 2005 Kashyap was given this award for his performance in “PURANDARADASA Festival.
- STATE GOVERNMENT AWARD “ KALAI ILA MANI “ 2005
Kashyap has been given the State Govt. award for the year 2003-2004 for his best performances.
- PUDUKOTAI ILAKIYA PERAVAI “LAYA GNANA ARASU “2004
- KANCHI MUTT “SEVA RATHNAM “ (2004)
- In April 2004 Kashyap was awarded “Seva Rathnam “ by Jagath Guru Vidyasthanam, Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt on its 50th Peetarogana Function of H H Kanchi Sankaracharya Shri Jeyandra Saraswathi swamigal along with Poojya Shri Vijayendra saraswathi Swamigal.
- VALAYAPPATTI NAADALAYA -“KAASHYAP” Promising Child Artist Award 2004 Kashyap had a great opportunity to get this prestigious “KAASHYAP” Performing Child Award for the year 2004 from Hon’ble Finance Minister Mr. P.Chidambaram on behalf of “ VALAYAPATTI NAADHALAYA TRUST” managed by the Thavil Mastro Bramhashri Valayapatti A R Subramanyam and Kalaimamani “Valayapatti S.Malarvannan.
- VANI VILASA SABHA “VANI KALAI MANI “ 2004 Kashyap has been given this award by the 100 years old Vani Vilasa Sabha at Kumbakonam
- Kashyap has been given this award by Dr.M.S.Udyamurthy for his best achievements during 2003
- MAKAL SAKTHI IYAKKAM “ UYAR SAADANAIYALAR VIRUDHU ” 2003
- SOOLOOR MUTT “ILAM THALIR ISAI GNANI” 2003
- RAJARAJESWARI SEVA SANGAM “ILAM ISAI CHUDAR” 2002
- KOVILOOR MUTT “KARNATAKA SANGEETHA BALA BHUSHAN 2002
- Mr. M S VISWANATHAN “MAZHALAI MEDHAI” 2001
- DHAYA 2001 “ SUPERSTARAWARD” (year 2001)
Kashyap has bagged the prestigious “SUPERSTAR AWARD” in DHAYA 2001 conducted by Mrs.Latha Rajinikanth
- DHAYA 2000 – GOLD MEDAL (year 2000 ) Kashyap got the State toper award Winning Gold medal in the Music Competitions conducted by Mrs. Latha Rajinikanth