Sampagodu S. Vighnaraja, is undoubtedly the best in the field of Carnatic classical music of the younger generation. His consistent and brilliant performances mark him as one of the greatest internationally upcoming Carnatic classical musician.
He is a classical virtuoso who is a vocalist & flutist. A popular proponent of the legendary musician GNB.
One can experience the old technique with a modern spin at his concert. Sampagodu’s concerts are known for intricate and intense alapanas (improvisations) which take the audience to the world of imagination, renders melodious kirthanas ( compositions) pulsating ( Kalpana swaras) with sophisticated skills and rhythmic pattern.
His concert generally include ragam, tanam and pallavi to the core, exhibiting extraordinary skills.
Finally moves the audience with his beautiful sangatis ( movement of notes) and devarnamas to the world of divinity.
He hails from Sampagodu a small hamlet near Sringeri, Karnataka. Born to lovable parents Smt. Nagalakshmi and Sangeetha Vaaridhi Vidwan Sri D S Suryanarayana Bhat. Vighanaraja is a child prodigy – At the tender age of three was able to sing Kalpana swaras (improvisational swaras).
Learnt formal musical lessons from his father and Guru who is a direct disciple of GNB School. His father is a scholar and a composer of many krithis in Kannada and Sanskrit to his credit. Later 2 years learnt lessons from Vidwan D N Subramanya Bhat one of his father’s disciples.
Vighnaraja is gifted with a beautiful voice which can produce brilliant and effortless akaaraas, bhirkas and gamakas and also known for his speed variations with perfect clarity of diction.
He has given number of concerts in both vocal and flute in many parts of India and also abroad namely Australia, Singapore, Malaysia , Newzealand, Taiwan and USA.
He has always been accompanied by artists of great repute namely Sri Mannargudi Eshwaran, Sri Patri Satish Kumar , Sri K V Prasad , Sri Trichy Harikumar , Sri Arjun Kumar, Sri J Vaidyanathan Sri Neyveli Venkatesh, sri S Varadarajan, Dr Jyothsna Srikanth, kum, Akkarai Subbulakshmi ,Sri H K Venkatram, Sri H K Narasimha murthy, Sri Mysore V Srikanth , Sri H N Bhaskar, Sri A V Anand , Sri Anoor Ananthakrishna sharma and many others.
Vighnaraja is a self taught flautist and a self taught slide guitarist.
Vighnaraja worked at The Temple of Fine Arts , Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as “Head of The Instrument section” for six years till Dec’12.
The All India Radio graded artist Vighnaraja has won several awards