Sabareesh Prabhaker, violinist extraordinaire from India, was born in 1989 into the musical family of the Cherthala sisters (Malayalam drama artists). At the age of five, he was trained in violin by T. M. Abdul Hazeez and began his professional career at the age of twelve. After completing BA in Music (vocal), he passed MA in Violin with first rank from RLV College of Music and Fine Arts. During this period, he was thrice winner of the Inter-university Arts Festival and also won a scholarship for Violin from India’s Ministry of Culture.
In 2016, a cover album created by his band ‘Immortal Raaga’ was recognised by the BBC in the Radio Play category. A musical purist at heart, he has been invited to team up with percussionists Sivamani and Mattannoor Sankarankutty Marar. Though, he has studied the classical form, he vouches for independent music to engage with new audiences.
Inspired by the technical brilliance of A. R. Rahman’s repertoire and the genius of Ilaiyaraaja’s compositions, Sabareesh Prabhaker has gone on record to say: “More than film songs, we must know about our culture. I am not diluting what the keertanam is. I am conscious of keeping its purity, and only the accompanying style is different.”