Smt Aishwarya Vidhya Raghunath (AVR) is an A-graded artist of All India Radio and Doordarshan. She has the honour of being the disciple of musical stalwarts – Sangita Kalacharya (Late) Smt Seethalakshmi Venkatesan, Padma Bhushan (Late) Shri PS Narayanaswamy, Sangeetha Kala Sagaram Smt Vegavahini Vijayaraghavan, and Vidwan Shri RK Shriramkumar. Her first solo public performance was at the age of 13.
As a consummate musician, Aishwarya’s performances have found expression in lecture demonstrations, creative collaborations and public concerts at venues of global repute both in India and around the world. From performances at niche venues such as the historically significant Vishnu Temple in Jodhpur to cultural institutions such as Madras Music Academy, Shanmukhanada Hall in Mumbai, Bangalore Gayana Samaj, and Rabindra Mandap in Bhubaneshwar.
Aishwarya has received the prestigious “Outstanding Lady Vocalist” Award from Madras Music Academy for three consecutive years. She is also the recipient of important awards including the M.S. Subbulakshmi Award, Yuva Purandara, D.K. Pattammal Award, Raga Laya Prabha, and the highly sought after Govt. of India Scholarship from the Ministry of Culture.
Aishwarya’s other great passion is painting; she is proficient in oil painting, acrylic painting, watercolors, and charcoal drawings. In April 2017, Aishwarya’s art was recognized by Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath through the exhibition, Akanksha. She is part of Artists for Wildlife and Nature, promoting conservation and environmentalism through her paintings. Aishwarya was a Biotech Engineer and worked for a while as an executive at Biocon.