Raaga Sudha School of Carnatic Music was started by violin virtuoso Murali Kumar with a view to fostering the art of Carnatic Music, specifically Violin and Vocal Music in the South Indian Carnatic Music style. Over the past decade Raaga Sudha school has grown in stature, popularity and has gained the respect of the performing arts  community of Australia. Raaga Sudha is now a premier institution of Indian classical music in Australia, producing and nurturing excellent musical talent in Australia. Raaga Sudha students perform regularly in music and dance concerts in Australia as well as music festivals in India and other countries.

The school hosts several events each year to showcase the talent of its students via school annual concerts, chamber performances, mini-concerts and full repertoire concerts. The school also produces and presents innovative and thematic productions of  Indian classical music and dance in collaboration of other reputed local and international artistes, such as "SHAKTI - the Supreme Goddess" which is an annual extravaganza of music and dance.

​Shri Murali Kumar (founder and artistic director of Raaga Sudha school of Carnatic Music) is a celebrated violinist of Indian Classical music with over three decades of concert experience. Murali Kumar is a virtuoso violinist renowned for his silken touch, deep musical knowledge and mastery in both the Carnatic and Hindustani styles of Indian music. His music emphasises clarity, purity and precision in musical notes which enhances melody and is uplifting and delightful to the listener.

Murali Kumar is a student of violin vidwan Shri Kanchi Janarthanan and the legendary violin maestro “Sangeetha Kalanidhi” “Padma Bhushan” Shri MS Gopalakrishnan. Murali Kumar has travelled around the world and won international acclaim for his artistic brilliance. He is one of the busiest and most sought-after musicians in Australia for Indian music and classical dance performances. Apart from violin solo performances, he performs regularly as an accompanist at Indian music and dance concerts.

Murali Kumar is one of a rare breed of Indian classical musicians who perform with virtuosity in both the Hindustani and Carnatic styles of music, as well as excelling in music for major classical dance styles. As a violinist, he performs regularly in concert with leading Indian classical musicians of the contemporary era. Murali Kumar also travels frequently to perform in concerts and festivals all over Australia as well as in India and other countries.

Murali Kumar was the inaugural President of the Federation of Indian Music and Dance Victoria (FIMDV) between 2010 and 2013. He is currently an advisor of FIMDV, and is an active and innovative leader of Indian classical arts in Australia.


Murali Kumar has won several awards and recognitions including the “Victorian Multicultural Award for Excellence” from the Governor of Victoria, the “Natya Kala Choodamani” award from the Chandrabhanu Bharatalaya Academy and a “Citation for Arts, Culture and Literature” from The Vasundhara Performing Arts Centre, Mysore.

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