Prashanth is a composer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist whose eclectic artistic style combines evolving world music and electronica with established classical music forms, both Eastern and Western. This equal blend of East and West gave rise to the RagaHaus initiative.
Formed as an amalgam of the words RAGA (emerging from Indian Classical Music) and HAUS (word of Austro-German origin often used in Western Classical music history), RagaHaus itself suggests the coming together of extremely diverse musical worlds.
Some highlight’s of Prashanth’s musical bio are as follows :
MAATHAM ft. MC Heam – Now Streaming on All Platforms
A raging dark Hip Hop musical adventure written and performned by MC Heam, also ft. Mayank Kapri on vocals recorded at PlayHead Studios, Mumbai, releases on all platforms.
THAARE BINA – Now Streaming on All Platforms
Our Latest collaborative track written by Shraddha Sehgal ft. Swaroop Khan & Sukanya Purkayastha on vocals recorded at Enzy Studios, Mumbai, releases on all platforms.
LOCKED – Telugu Web Series Release
Composed the entire background music and opening titles for this spine-chilling 7 episode Telugu Web Series for Aha, a new Telugu Streaming Platform.
LOCKED, is directed by Pradeep Devakumar and features an ensemble cast led by Satyadev Kancharana.
Abhi Abhi – Valentine’s Day Single Release
Sung By Ragini Tandan & Paresh Pahuja
Composed by Shiv Tandan
Mixed at RagaHaus Studios
NeoTronik – ElectroAcoustic Live Performance
Deewani Mastani, Nothing But Love – A Cover by Janani Kamakshi
Programmed, Arranged & Mixed @ RagaHaus Studios
Street Dancer 3D Release – Additional Background Score
Collaborated with Jigar Saraiya of the Duo Sachin-Jigar
The Half Boiled Inc Improv Show – Coimbatore
RummyCircle Multilingual Ad Jingle Ft. Sudeep Khicha
Kanha, Endless Love – A Mashup By Janani Kamakshi
Programmed, Arranged and Mixed @ RagaHaus Studios
My11Circle Ad Jingle
Starring Cricketers Saurav Ganguly & Shane Watson
Godrej Script India – Christmas Ad Jingle 2019
Visiting Mr. Green – Jeff Baron’s Broadway Play premieres in India
Performed by M K Raina & Aakash Prabhakar @ NCPA Auditorium, Mumbai
Music composed and arranged @ RagaHaus Studios
UltraTech Cements Diwali Ad Jingle
COMEDIAN – Hindi Film Background Score
Starring Sathish Kaushik
Directed By Katyayan Shivpuri
Pothys Ad Jingle 2019
HUNGER – Hindi Short Film Background Score
Directed by Katyayan Shivpuri
RagaHaus Mumbai Studio Opens
RagaHaus expands into the Mumbai music scene establishing a state of the art Music composing setup in Andheri West, Mumbai.
The Most Random Show Ever Ep. 4
Crea Shakthi Comedy Kathaigal – Sketch Comedy Show
The Half Boiled Inc Improv Show
The Half Boiled Inc Improv Show
Takkunu Oru Padam – Improv Comedy Show With Half Boiled Inc
presented by Half Boiled Inc
Daimler Chennai – Christmas Carols Performances 2018
ASCHARYACHAKIT – Netflix Hindi Feature Film Release
Bengaluru Improv Festival – Half Boiled Inc Performance
Put Chutney Tamil Comedy Videos ft. Jagan Krishnan
KATTERI – Tamil Film Background Score
Remotely Recorded the Macedonian Symphonic Orchestra at Skopje
Improv Music Performance Premier with Chennai’s first Improv Group “Half Boiled Inc”
Live Theatre Performance Premier – ‘Kirukku Nagaram Express’
IFFLA 2018 Theme Music
ARK Events Melange
Anita Dongre Ad Commercial
The Most Random Show Ever – Musical Comedy Show Premier
Ramanuja Nootrandhaadhi Hindu Religious Album Release
Pothys Ad Jingle 2017
6 month Teaching Tenure as Music Technology Faculty at A.R. Rahman’s KM Music Conservatory
ASSISTANT TO HOLLYWOOD COMPOSER IAN HONEYMAN
Prashanth began working as an assistant to composer Ian Honeyman at his studio MadifiedMusic in Santa Monica, Los Angeles.
Ian Honeyman, a composer for film, TV and Video games has collaborated on many famous Hollywood projects such as Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl directed by Gore Verbinsky, Poseidon directed by Wolfgang Petersen, Miami Vice directed by Michael Mann, 16 Blocks directed by Richard Donnar, Constantine, Ultraviolet, TMNT and many others.
RAGAHAUS WEBSITE LAUNCH
Our Dream – To see music deprived of labels, genres, cultures and nationalities, and to combine and play with them all to create a new, unique and global musical Voice.
USC FILM SCORING MASTERS GRADUATION
After 1 year of crazy deadlines and intense music-making, by the grace of the Almighty and blessings of loved ones, Prashanth became only the second Indian to graduate from the Scoring For Motion Pictures and Television Program from USC.
WARNER BROS. SCORING SESSION – 65 PIECE ORCHESTRA
As the capstone session of the year, conducting a 65 piece orchestra at the acclaimed Eastwood Scoring Stage is one of the finest achievements for any musician. As a way to bring the East and West together, Prashanth re-scored a scene from the film “Life Of Pi” using Indian Classical Melodic Elements played on the Indian Flute accompanied by the power and depth of a large Western Orchestra.
DOUBLE SHORT FILM SCORING SESSION – “NUN OVER PAR” & “BROKEN”
2 more short films made by USC Film Students Rommell Villa and Leigh Goldsmith were scored together using a quartet of Cello (Scott Lau), Violin (Mica-Nafshun Bone), Clarinet (Yasmina Speigelberg), Bassoon (Andy Favorito) who breathed beauty into the films with their performance.
UCLA HINDUSTANI CLASSICAL PERFORMANCE
Combined with the vocal talents of Shashank Jere and the tabla by Ravindra Deo, Prashanth provided Bansuri accompaniment at a Hindustani Classical Concert in an evening organized by UCLA.
DIRECTOR CRITIQUE SESSION – SAM RAIMI
World Famous film maker Sam Raimi (Spiderman Trilogy, Evil Dead) critiqued the music the USC Film Scoring Graduate Class of 2016 wrote for the horror scoring session for the film Drag Me To Hell, supervised by the film’s composer and USC faculty member, Chris Young. It was wonderful for the director himself to give individual notes to the Prashanth regarding dramatic musical elements in the scene he was given, and the interplay between film and music.
SCORING SESSION (HORROR GENRE) – 20 PIECE ORCHESTRA
Christopher Young, a prolific Hollywood composer, is also one of the faculty members of the USC Film Scoring Program. The students were allotted scenes from the cult horror film Drag Me to Hell and a 20 piece orchestra to score them with. Prashanth’s scene involved the interesting interplay between source and underscore, combining world music elements like the Tanpura and the Bansuri with the conventional orchestra, resulted in the final scored video and can be viewed below!
SCORING SESSION (COMEDY GENRE) – 12 PIECE ORCHESTRA
German Film composer Patrick Kirst, who is one of the faculty members of the USC Film Scoring Program focussed this scoring session on writing music in the comedy film scoring genre. Scenes from the film repertoire of Aaron Zeigmann (The Proposal, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium), and a 12 piece orchestra including a guitar and a ukelele were used for this session. As part of his score, Prashanth chose a quirky scene from the 2009 Romantic Comedy film, The Ugly Truth.
The final scoring session videos will be up on the RagaHaus Video Channel soon!
SCORING SESSION – 30 PIECE ORCHESTRA
Film scoring veteran Bruce Broughton, who is one of the faculty members of the USC Film Scoring Program gave the students scenes from his films and TV shows from the 80s and 90s to re-score using a 30 piece orchestra. With an array of Strings, brass, Woodwinds, Piano & Harp, and conducted by Bruce himself, this session was the first to incorporate such a full orchestra during the graduate year. As part of his score, Prashanth chose an intense and suspenseful scene from an episode of the famous Hawaii- Five O TV series titled Hookman.
Trying to incorporate a retro spaghetti Western-Morricone style into this composition,
the final soundtrack produced from this session can be found here Hookman Scene Soundtrack
The final scoring session videos that formed the making of this clip will be up on the RagaHaus Video Channel soon!
Become the Second Indian to graduate with a Masters in Music from the renowned SMPTV (Scoring for Motion Picture and Television) Program at the University of Southern California
Was selected as one among 20 students from around the world to specialize in Film Music Composition and learnt from some of the most eminent composers in Hollywood like Bruce Broughton and Christopher Young
Also heavily collaborated with many filmmakers from the Foremost USC School of the Cinematic Arts, to compose for more than 18 student film and gaming projects during his stay at the university – the highest number of its kind in his class cohort
SCORING SESSION – AND YET THEY GAVE (FILM)
Conducted a scoring session for a 3-piece orchestra co-composed along-with Alex Heinrich, for a short film directed by Ryan Terence Bobbell
DOUBLE SHORT FILM SCORING SESSION – “LES VENTS VIENDRONT” & “THE WRITER’S CONFESSION”
2 wonderful short films made by USC Film Students Adriana Louise and Vankee Yu were scored together using 2 solo instruments, a Cello (Scott Lau), a clarinet (Micah Wright) and a guitar (R.C. Rossell) who breathed beauty into the films with their performances.
PERCUSSION SCORING SESSION FEATURING MB GORDY
Percussionist MB Gordy offered his wide percussive palette to the USC Graduate Film Scoring Class of 2015-16 as we re-scored an action sequence from the Bourne Trilogy, with live percussion performed by MB at his wonderful home in Tarzania.
The re-scored scene from Bourne Ultimatum will be up on the RagaHaus Video Channel soon!
COMPOSER MEETUP SESSION – ALAN SILVESTRI
Film composing legend Alan Silvestri, known for his wide array of film scoring work from Back to the Future to the recent web series Cosmos spoke to the USC Film Scoring Graduate Program Class of 2015-16 and exchanged with us, his diverse musical experiences from finalizing the music to Forrest Gump to the live concerts of the Back to The Future Suite that he stays busy with these days.
COMPOSER MEETUP SESSION – WILLIAM ROSS
Famous for working as a composer and arrangers on numerous films soundtracks and songs, William Ross spoke to the USC Film Scoring Graduate Program Class of 2015-16, specifically about his experience in working with John Williams on Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
INDIAN FLUTE (BANSURI) STUDIO SESSION
Colleague, Classmate and Composer Marco Valerio Antonini from Rome, scored a deeply touching film about oppression of women in Afghanistan called the “The Girl in the Icebox” directed by Miriam Arghandiwal, a USC Film Student. In a moment of wonderful artistic globalization, it was my pleasure to perform the Indian flute to an Italian score for an Afghani film!
COMPOSER MEETUP SESSION – INON ZUR
Eminent Video game composer Inon Zur, known for his work in the Fallout Series spoke to the USC Film Scoring Graduate Program Class of 2015-16 and exchanged with us, his diverse musical experience and innovative musical style.
20 PIECE ORCHESTRAL RECORDING (THE ILLUSIONIST – TRAILER RESCORE)
Recomposed the music for the trailer of the 2006 film – The Illusionist and performed live orchestral sweetening using a 20 piece orchestra under the guidance of eminent TV and Animated film composer Eric Schmidt.
THE HALLOWEEN WOODWIND QUINTET
Composed for and conducted a lively woodwind quintet (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and French Horn) based on a creepy and eerie script on the day of Halloween!
FILM SCORING GRADUATE PROGRAM ADMISSION
As only the second Indian to do so in the last 30 years, Prashanth begins his journey into the world of Hollywood Film Scoring under eminent film composition teachers like Bruce Broughton and Christopher Young, at the Scoring For Motion Pictures and Television Program at the Thornton School of Music, USC.
GRADUATION CEREMONY – KM MUSIC CONSERVATORY
Graduated from the prestigious KM Music Conservatory in Chennai, India. with a diploma in Western Classical Music and a specialisation in Composition; he also won the Best All Round Performance awards for both his years at the Conservatory, conferred upon him by Academy Award Winning Composer Dr. A.R. Rahman.
INDIE-EARTH XCHANGE PERFORMANCE
Performed a self composed sound design piece as part of Berlin based Electronic Music Producer Robot Koch’s workshop in Chennai, India. The theme was to capture the sounds of the city and create a musical product out of it. Co-composed and performed with Arun Varghese, the song expresses the journey through the city of Chennai via an imaginary elevator like transport mechanism using sampling and live instruments like the Indian flute (Bansuri).
Employed at Bank of America Merrill Lynch + Pursued and Graduated with Diploma in Audio Engineering at SAE institute
SAE Institute helped train Prashanth in the various stages of Electronic Music Production from Recording to Mixing and Mastering, and also exposed him to work with a variety of recording equipment and mixing consoles.
In his day job at the Bank, Prashanth adapted himself to working in a rigorous professional environment and undertook many corporate responsibilities to help build multi-tasking, leadership and team-building skills.
Pursued and Graduated with a Computer Science Degree at Nanyang Technological University
Performed in various Inter College Cultural festivals as a multi-instrumentalist across various genres from Western Rock and Metal to Indian Pop Music