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One Life. One Soul. one Music

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Niranjan Pandian, the illustrious Bamboo Flute virtuoso hailing from Singapore, stands as a beacon of musical excellence in the region. Renowned for his multi-award-winning expertise, Niranjan's artistry transcends boundaries through captivating cross-cultural collaborations with musicians worldwide. Beyond his virtuoso performances, Niranjan actively engages in music production, direction, and composition for a spectrum of productions, background scores, and live musicals.

 

Rooted in his early training under Dr. Ghanavenothan Retnam at Nrityalaya Aesthetics Society, Niranjan's journey has been enriched by the mentorship of global luminaries such as Grammy Nominee Shashank Subramaniam, Maestro Amit Nadig, Pundit Deepak Ram, and Mandolin U Rajesh. A proud recipient of the National Arts Council’s Arts Scholarship, Niranjan received his BA (Hons) in Music from LASALLE College of the Arts in 2019.

 

Niranjan's meteoric rise reached new heights in 2022 when he was not only recognized among the "Successful People of Singapore" by Britishpedia but also bestowed with the prestigious Mandolin U. Shrinivas International Award by the Shrinivas Institute of World Musique (SIOWM). Niranjan Pandian's musical odyssey continues to enchant, leaving an indelible mark on the global stage.

Career as a Performing Artist

Niranjan's poignant journey into the world of music unfolded at the tender age of 10 when he graced the stage as part of a Flute ensemble for Sangita Angkuram, a soul-stirring event organized by Nrityalaya Aesthetics in Singapore. The seeds of his performance prowess were sown in the nurturing soil of the Singapore Indian Orchestra and Choir, guided by the esteemed Mrs. Lalitha Vaidyanathan and orchestrated under the benevolent initiative of the People's Association. From the hallowed halls of the Esplanade Concert Hall to the grandeur of the Victoria Concert Hall, Niranjan's early years were marked by annual concerts and productions that resonated with the melodies of his blossoming talent.

 

His musical odyssey continued to unfold as a vital part of the St Gabriel's Symphonic Band and the Serangoon Junior College Symphonic Band, laying the foundational notes that would harmonize with his future endeavors. Niranjan's spirit for exploration led him to traverse South East Asia and South Asia, performing with diverse ensembles, bands, and orchestras at prestigious international festivals, concerts, and workshops. Each note played echoes the profound journey of a young artist who, from humble beginnings, has crafted a symphony of passion, dedication, and boundless musical expression.

 

Some of these festivals are included below:

  • Solok Music Festival 2013 (Solok, Indonesia)

  • C asean Consonant Debut Concert 2016 (Bangkok, Thailand)

  • Thailand Official Countdown Concert 2016 (Bangkok, Thailand)

  • Singapore - Malaysia Roadshow Concert by C asean Consonant 2017 (Malaysia)

  • Friendships Beyond Frontiers Concert 2017 with C asean Consonant (Bangkok, Thailand)

  • Shanghai International Spring Music Festival 2017 with C asean Consonant (Shanghai, China)

  • Guangxi Arts Festival 2017 with C asean Consonant (Nanning, China)

  • ASEAN 50th Anniversary Concert 2017 with C asean Consonant (Jakarta, Indonesia)

  • ASEAN - EU 40th Anniversary Concert 2017 with C asean Consonant (Jakarta, Indonesia)

  • 7th International Festival of Arts and Culture (Bangkok, Thailand)

  • 8th International Festival of Arts and Culture (Phetchaburi, Thailand)

  • Bangkok Art Biennale Concert 2018 with C asean Consonant (Bangkok, Thailand)

  • Singapore Culture Festival 2019 with Open Score Project (Hanoi, Vietnam)

  • Bakshi Arts International Festival 2019 with Open Score Project (Termez, Uzbekistan)

  • Singapore Day Celebrations with MCCY with Open Score Project (Shanghai, China)

  • Opening of the 34th ASEAN Summit in 2019 with C asean Consonant (Bangkok, Thailand)

  • Opening Ceremony of the New ASEAN Secretariat Building with C asean Consonant (Jakarta, Indonesia)

  • Marghazi Music Festival 2019 (Chennai, India)

  • 35th ASEAN Day Virtual Concert 2020 with C asean Consonant (Digital)

  • ASEAN AS ONE Music Video for ASEAN Secretariat 2020 (Digital Performance)

  • Rainforest World Music Festival 2022 with Flame of the Forest (Sarawak, Malaysia)

  • The Great Mandolin Show 2023 as part of Indian Performing Arts Convention 2023, organised by Apsaras Arts (Chennai, India)

  • South East Asia Music Leadership Initiative cum SEADOM Congress 2023 (Bangkok, Thailand)

  • Sounds of Diversity South East Asia Tour with Brahmastra (Lampung, Indonesia and Bangkok, Thailand)

  • Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music Symposium 2023 (Bangkok, Thailand)

  • Friendships Beyond Frontiers Concert 2023 with C Asean Consonant at Vietnam National Academy of Music (Hanoi, Vietnam)

  • China-ASEAN Music Festival 2023 and Guangxi Arts Festival 2023 with C Asean Consonant (Nanning, China)

  • Echoes of ASEAN Bronze, organised by the ASEAN Secretariat and Istana Budaya (Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia)

 

In addition to his presence at international festivals and concerts, Niranjan is a dynamic force in the local music scene. His versatility shines through performances for Indian traditional dance accompaniments, Indian classical music concerts, multi-ethnic and multi-disciplinary showcases, cross-cultural events, orchestral performances, and media productions. Niranjan's artistry extends to sharing the stage with acclaimed Indian Artists and Bands, including opening for Sid Sriram Concert in 2016, Thaikkudam Bridge in 2017, and Masala Coffee in 2018 for the Sarvesh Festival of Arts and Music. Notably, he served as the flautist for VIJAY TV Super Singer Title Winner, Sridhar Sena, in 2023.

Some of the prestigious local productions and performances include:

  • Nenjukkule Season 1 with Elias Band, organised by Vasantham (Mediacorp)

  • Opening Act for Sid Sriram Concert in 2016, organised by the Sarvesh Festival of Arts and Music

  • Venu Nadam: The Resonance of the Bamboo Flute, organised by Nrityalaya Aesthetics of Singapore

  • Pradhana Vizha 2016 with Elias Band, organised by Vasantham (Mediacorp)

  • Norwegian Embassy 50th Anniversary Concert, organised by Norwegian Embassy

  • Kala Utsavam 2016, organised by Esplanade Co.

  • Opening Act for Thaikkudam Bridge in 2017, organised by the Sarvesh Festival of Arts and Music

  • Arts In Your Neighbourhood Series 2017, presented by Nawaz Mirajkar and Friends and organised by the National Arts Council (Singapore)

  • National Indian Music Competition Prize Winner's Concert 2017, organised by the National Arts Council (Singapore)

  • Passion Arts Festival 2017, organised by the Aljunied CC.

  • Opening Act for Masala Coffee Concert in 2018, organised by the Sarvesh Festival of Arts and Music

  • Mid Autumn Festival 2018, presented by Gardens by the Bay and organised by the National Arts Council (Singapore)

  • Vasantham Live 2018, co-organised by Vasantham and Esplanade Co.

  • Shatanjaali Festival of Arts and Music 2018, organised by the Temple of Finer Arts (Singapore)

  • Ethiroli Season 15, presented by Vasantham (Mediacorp)

  • Resonates With Series 2018, presented by the National Gallery of Singapore

  • Textures Festival 2018, organised by The Arts House

  • Vasantham Cafe Season 2, organised by Vasantham

  • Closing Act of Young Artists Award and Cultural Medallion 2019, organised by National Arts Council (Singapore)

  • Silver Arts Festival 2019, organised by the National Arts Council (Singapore)

  • Singapore Night Festival 2019, organised by the National Arts Council (Singapore)

  • Moonstruck by Nithyashree as part of Indian Performing Arts Convention 2019

  • Heritage Festival, organised by the Indian Heritage Center

  • Culture Festival 2020, organised by the Indian Heritage Center

  • March Forward organised by Esplanade Co.

  • Octoburst, organised by Esplanade Co.

  • Tamil Language Festival 2020, supported by the Tamil Language Council (Singapore)

  • Savaal Season 1, presented by Vasantham

  • Soodha Oru Coffee, presented by Vasantham

  • ArtWalk 2021 by LASALLE College of the Arts and Singapore Tourism Board (STB)

  • Project 2020 by Nanyang Collectives (2022)

  • Our Dreams Whose Reality by The Flame Of The Forest (2022)

  • Palindrome by Open Score Project (2022)

  • Raagangal Palavitham Season 1 2022 by Invictus Productions (Vasantham)

  • Tamil Language Festival 2022 Launch, presented by Vasantham

  • Ninaivugal by Tattva for Tamil Language Festival 2022

  • 7 Wonders of Tamil by Brahmastra for Tamil Language Festival 2022

  • My Identity - To Seek Within by Brahmastra, supported by the Tamil Language Learning and Promotion Committee

  • Patron of the Arts 2022 by the National Arts Council (Singapore)

  • National Day Concert 2022, by Singapore Symphonic Orchestra

  • Raagangal Palavitham Season 2 2022 by Invictus Productions (Vasantham)

  • "Our Festive Stories" by Our Tampines Hub in 2022

  • Kala Utsavam 2022 by Esplanade Co.

  • Realise Your Somerset Belt Project 2022, powered by the National Youth Council (Singapore)

  • Singapore Night Festival 2022, performed by Nanyang Collective.

  • Venu Nadam: The Story of Its Origin - 2023, supported by the National Arts Council (Singapore)

  • Life by the Nanyang Collective (2023)

  • Chingay 2023 by People's Association

  • "Kavithai Kumizhi" by Aswani Aswath as part of March Foreward 2023 by Esplanade Co. (Singapore)

  • Asthapadi, a Bharathanatyam performance by Maitreyi Arts and SIFAS (2023)

  • Upclose with Brahmastra featuring Sridhar Sena (2023)

  • Samavaya: A Euphonic Co-Existence by NP Collective as part of Indian Performing Arts Convention (2023)

  • My Identity - Beyond Artistry, supported by the National Arts Council (Singapore) and Tamil Language Learning and Promotion Committee (TLLPC) | 2023

  • National Day Oberservance Ceremony, organised by Tampines GRC and performed by Open Score Project | 2023

  • Straits Fellowship Concert with the Straits Ensemble (Singapore) | 2023

  • The Arts Plan Launch Concert with the Open Score Project, organised by the National Arts Council (Singapore) | 2023

  • "Circle of Life" as part of YST's Perfomer'(s) Present 2023 - Red Dot Baroque x Open Score Project | 2023

  • Brahmastra Live @OTH, presented by Brahmastra Ensemble and organised by Our Tampines Hub | 2023

  • Ainthinai - A Timeless Bond, supported by the National Arts Council (Singapore) and the Tamil Language Learning and Promotion Committee (TLLPC) 

Career as a Recording Artist

 

From 2016 to 2023, Niranjan's prolific recording career boasts over 400 tracks, accessible in the discography section. Collaborating with globally acclaimed artists from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and India, he has left an indelible mark on the musical landscape. Niranjan's recording repertoire extends to musical theatres, background scores, and dance drama productions across South East Asia. Noteworthy among his recordings is "Edho Ennil Oorum," featured on Times Music (South India), and his contribution to the official track of Chingay 2023, showcasing the breadth of his musical versatility.

Career as a Music Director

Presently, Niranjan holds the role of Music Director for Brahmastra, a distinguished Indo-Asean Contemporary ensemble. Under his leadership, the ensemble has graced numerous local and international stages, leaving an indelible mark on festivals and media productions. Notably, he secured the Market and Audience Development grant from the National Arts Council for leading the band at the 8th International Festival of Arts and Music as well as Sounds of Diversity South East Asian Tour across Indonesia and Thailand in 2023. 

 

Under Niranjan's guidance, the ensemble clinched victory in the Band Category of the Raga and Beyond Competition organized by Arte Compass and Indian Raga. His musical direction extended to Raagangal Palavitham Season 1, aired on Vasantham and the role of Music Advisor for Raagangal Palavitham Season 2 and the Chingay Parade in 2023. Niranjan's directorial prowess continues to shape the musical narrative of Brahmastra, solidifying its position as an ensemble of excellence on the global stage.

Career as a Music Composer

In addition to his prowess as a bamboo flute virtuoso, Niranjan Pandian stands as a distinguished composer, crafting evocative background scores, musical theatres, and dance drama productions. His compositions have garnered international acclaim, with the track "Thadai Edhuvai" earning a spot among the top 15 songs for March 2022 by BehindWood, a prominent Indian media company. This composition was officially selected for the Global Lift Off Network 2021 Festival and received recognition as a Finalist for Best Original Song and an Honourable Mention for Best Lyrics Video at the Munich Music Video Awards 2021 (July Edition).

 

Niranjan's musical tapestry extends to the Singapore Writers' Festival 2020 with the Tapestry Project, showcasing his diverse and global influence. Collaborating with artists and lyricists worldwide, including Ajesh Ashok (India), Santesh (Malaysia), Anu Anand (India), Vishnu Balaji (Singapore), Dayanand Piraisudhan (India), and Abrahaam Nithya Pandian (Singapore), his compositions weave together a rich narrative of cultural fusion and artistic brilliance. Below are some of the awards and recognitions for his exceptional compositions.

 

Thadai Edhuvai

  • Munich Music Video Awards (Best Lyrics Video Song - Honourable Mention)

  • Munich Music Video Awards (Best Original Song - Finalist)

  • Kerala Short Film Festival (Official Selection)

  • Goa Short Film Festival (Official Selection)

Suttum Vizhi

  • International Film Festival of Andaman and Nicobar (Best Music Video - Winner)

  • Aiyan Film Awards (Best Music Video - Winner)

  • Chennai Indie Film Festival (Best Music Video - Winner)

  • Tagore International Film Festival (Best Music Video - Winner) 

  • Rameshwaram International Film Festival (Best Music Video - Winner)

  • Parai Music International Awards (Best Music Video - Winner)

  • Durban International Short Film Festival (Best Music Video - Winner) 

  • Durban International Short Film Festival (Best Music Composer for Music Video - Winner)

  • First Time Filmmakers Sessions (Lift-Off Global) - Official Selection

  • Munich Music Video Awards 2022 (Best Music Video - Official Selection)

  • Kerala Short-film Festival 2022 (Best Music Video - Official Selection)

  • Malabar Music Festival 2022 (Best Indian Music Video - Winner)=

  • Malabar Music Festival 2022 (Best Tamil Song - Official Selection)

  • Nawada Film Festival 2022 (Best Music Video & Music Video Director - Official Selection)

  • Kerala Short Film Festival 2022 - Official Selection 

  • Arthouse Asia Festival 2022 - Official Selection 

 

Ennai Izhandhen

  • Marudham Indie Film Festival (Best Music Video - Official Selection)

  • High Tatras Film & Video Festival (Best Animation Music Video - Official Selection)

  • Durban International Short Film Festival (Best Producer for music video - Winner)

  • Durban International Short Film Festival (Best Lyric Writer for Music Video - Winner)

  • Boden International Film Festival (Best Music Video - Semifinalist)

  • Munich Music Video Awards 2022 (Best Original Song- Official Selection)

  • Munich Music Video Awards 2022 (Best Lyrics Video Song- Official Selection)

  • Aprodhite Film Awards 2022 (Best Music Video - Semi-Finalists)

  • Hamburg Film Award (Best Music Video - Official Selection)

  • Malabar Music Festival 2022 (Best Music Director - Official Selection)

  • Malabar Music Festival 2022 (Best Tamil Song Video - Official Selection)

  • Nawada Film Festival 2022 (Best Music Video & Music Video Director - Official Selection)

  • Malabar Festival 2022 (3rd Best Lyrics)

  • 12th Pune Short Film Festival 2022 (Best Music Video - Official Selection)

Enadhu Tamizhe

  • Royal Society of Television & Motion Picture Awards (Winner)

  • Athvikvaruni International Film Festival (Winner) 

  • New York International Film Awards (July) - NYIFA (Finalist)

  • Jaipur International Film Festival 2023 (Official Nomination)

  • Tamizhagam International Film Festival 2022 (Award Winner)

  • Los Angeles Film Awards 2022 (Quarter Finalist)

  • Mokkho International Film Festival 2022 (Award Winner)

  • International Film Festival of Sriganagar (Offical Selection)

  • Milan Gold Awards 2022 (Honourable Mention)

  • Prague International Sound Music Video Awards 2023 (Honourable Mention)

 

Career as a Creative Producer

 

Beyond his musical endeavors, Niranjan has played a vital role in community building and fostering platforms for Singapore's talented artists and musicians. His commitment is evident through participation in various panel discussions, including Ethiroli's Season 15 Panel Discussions, Connecting Youth Trailblazers by Sinda Youth Club, ReNEWED Panel discussions organized by the Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music, and as one of the seven human libraries for the "Time of Your Life Celebrations" organized by the National Library Board in Singapore.

 

Furthermore, Niranjan proudly represents Singapore in the SEADOM 30 under 30 programs organized by South East Asian Directors of Music since 2020. Notably, he has curated and produced numerous critically acclaimed productions that seamlessly bridge arts, music, culture, and language. As the creative force behind Brahmastra productions, overseeing four ensembles—Brahmastra Ensemble, Brahmastra Multi-Ethnic Ensemble, The Vamshika Quintet, and The NP Collective—Niranjan continues to shape and enrich the cultural landscape of Singapore.

Some of his notable productions include: 

  • "Back to Basics" as part of PAssion Arts Festival 2017, organised by Aljunied CC.

  • "7 Wonders of Punggol" as part of Arts In Your Neighbourhood 2019, organised by the National Arts Council (Singapore)

  • Kuralum Kuralum as part of Tamil Language Festival 2019 and 2020, supported by the Tamil Language Council (Singapore).

  • "My Identity - To Seek Within", featuring Brahmastra Ensemble and supported by Tamil Language Learning and Promotion Committee (TLLPC) | 2022.

  • "7 Wonders of Tamil" as part of Tamil Language Festival 2022, supported by Tamil Language Learning and Promotion Committee (TLLPC).

  • "The Tunes of Somerset Belt" as part of Somerfest 2022, powered by the National Youth Council (Singapore).

  • "Our Conversations: Our Festive Stories", featuring the NP Collective and organised by Our Tampines Hub.

  • "Venu Nadam: The Story of Its Origin" in 2023, featuring The Vamshika Quintet and supported by the National Arts Council (Singapore)

  • "My Identity - Beyond Artistry, featuring the NP Collective in collaboration with Bhaskar Arts Academy, with the support of National Arts Council (Singapore) and Tamil Language Learning and Promotion Committee (TLLPC).

  • "Sounds of Diversity", South East Asia Tour in Lampung (Indonesia) and Bangkok (Thailand), presented by Brahmastra, performed by Brahmastra Multi-Ethnic Ensemble and supported by Market and Audience Development Grant by the National Arts Council (Singapore).

  • Brahmastra Live @OTH in 2023, presented by Brahmastra and organised by Our Tampines Hub (Singapore)

  • "Ainthinai - A Timeless Bond" in 2023, supported by the National Arts Council START Fund and the Tamil Language Learning and Promotion Committee (TLLPC).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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