A fine and versatile performer, Akilesh is a very sought after percussionist across not conifined to the Indian Classical paradigm. His sound has been described by critics as being a pleasing blend virtuosity and aesthetics. His approach to performance highlights the tonal nuances of the Mridangam (South Indian percussion instrument) while being rooted in the polyrhythmic tradition of Indian percussion. Akilesh has represented Singapore regionally in numerous festivals and conferences namely ANMC Bangkok 2010, Asem V Kuala Lumpur 2012 and “roots and traditions” Manila 2017. Apart from composing and arranging, his new love is to spread the art of konakkol (art of performing percussive syllables vocally).
Akilesh has worked/collaborated with international artistes such as Guy Manoukian, Paul Erhard, Rakesh Chaurasia and U Rajesh. He’s also worked with local groups such as SA, Nadi Singapura and is part of Varsha, his Indo-Jazz fusion outfit that consists of his brother Vignesh, Dr Tony Makarome and Mohamed Noor. In 2012, he was awarded the National Arts Council’s Postgraduate Scholarship and has completed his Masters in Indian rhythms.
As a full time Programming officer at the Esplanade, he is part of the team that presents many festivals and performances throughout the year and is currently the lead programmer of Esplanade’s alternative music festival, Baybeats