Reno-based Chakrapani Singh has been working to promote the music of India for the last 20 years. Singh is an award-winning and internationally respected instrumentalist with a unique repertoire ranging from traditional, classical compositions on the slide guitar to his innovative improvisational renditions on the Kachappi Veena, a plucked stringed instrument originating in ancient India. In his hands, the veena creates sweet and sensuous music that transports the listener to another world. Be it at his highly acclaimed Indian classical music recitals or his rave-reviewed world music concerts, this maverick musician leaves every music lover spell-bound with his flashes of unparalleled brilliance and his uncanny ability to strike an instant rapport with the audiences transcending all age barriers.
Chakrapani has presented “The Music of India” to students across northern Nevada, educating them about the classical and folk music traditions of India. One of his unique programs is to improvise music in different rhythmic patterns, which helps to support and increase concentration in children. He also teaches musical collaboration between eastern (Indian) and western (European) musicians and musical styles.
Singh has established the Traditional Association for Cultural Harmony in Reno (TACH LLC & TACH International, Inc.), a non-profit organization where people of all ages can learn to play Indian music. He also arranges concerts, seminars, festivals and workshops.