R Ashwath Narayanan is one of the upcoming stars in the world of Carnatic music. His Parents Sri N Rajagopal and Smt Jayanthi Rajagopal initiated him to music at the age of 4. Ashwath’s first Guru was Smt Jayalakshmi Sundararajan, from whom he had training for 3 years on the basics. Soon after that in 1998, Ashwath started learning from Sangeetha Kalanidhi Palghat Sri K V Narayanaswamy, who is one of the greatest maestros of all times in carnatic music. He had 4 years of rigorous training under Sri K V Narayanaswamy until his demise in April 2002. Since then, Ashwath has been learning under his aunt and guru Smt. Padma Narayanaswamy (W/ O Sri K V Narayanaswamy). He is a B.tech graduate in Industrial Biotechnology from SASTRA University, Thanjavur.
Some of Ashwath’s Meritorious recognitions include Sri Kalki Krishnamurthy Memorial Award 2016, Isai Chudar – 2015 from Karthik Fine arts, Outstanding vocalist award – 2015 from The Music Academy Madras, Yuva Kala Ratna – 2014 from R.R Sabha Chennai, The Hindu Saregama M S Subbulakshmi Award – 2013, Sri M D Ramanathan Award – 2014 and Sri Voleti Venkateshwarulu Award 2015 from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha to name a few.
He is a B High graded artist in the All India Radio Chennai and has been performing regularly in prestigious venues across the country and abroad.