Abhishek Raghuram is an Indian Carnatic vocalist born on 26th September 1985. He was born into a family of musicians and is the grandson of mridangam player Palghat R. Raghu. He is also related to the Lalgudi family as his mother, Usha, is the niece of violinist
. He completed his BSc in Mathematics from Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda College and then joined Anna University for Post-graduation in Computer Science but later abandoned it to pursue music. He started learning mridangam from his grandfather and did vocal training under P. S. Narayanaswamy. When he was only nine years, he did his first performance under the auspices of the Percussive Arts Centre in Bangalore. He has performed with musicians like T. K. Murthy, Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman,
, Trichy Sankaran, G. Harishankar, Thiruvarur Bakthavathsalam, Ganesh and Kumaresh, the Mysore brothers, Jayateerth Mevundi,
, and Sanjeev Abhyankar.
Abhishek directed Children Carnatic Choir by the Bhoomija trust as a fund-raiser for Drishti Eye Care, Bangalore, presented by
in the Barsi festival dedicated to his father Alla Rakha in the year 2014. He has performed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in
during an exhibition titled Modernism on the Ganges. He was involved in the making of the album Kaadalan Bharathi. He is an A-grade artiste of All India Radio. His albums, Makarandam and Ecstacy in Annamayya for Home Records were popular among audiences. He has also composed many Thillanas. He has won prizes in the Madras Music Academy, Narada Gana Sabha, Mylapore Fine Arts Club, and Tyaga Brahma Gana Sabha.
He also won first prize in the Pallavi singing competition by the S. Balachander Trust as Best Concert in the Spirit of Youth concert series conducted by Music Academy in 1997, Most Inspiring Youth Artiste-Best Junior Vocalist – The Music Academy, Madras in Dec 1999, Asthana Vidwan title from the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam in October 2006, Yagnaraman Youth Excellence Award by Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai in July 2009, Shanmukha Sangeetha Shironmani Award by Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha, Mumbai in December 2009, Sangeet Natak Academy
Ustad Bismillah Khan
Yuva Puraskar 2013, Yogam Nagaswami Award for Best Senior Vocalist – Madras Music Academy, December Season 2013-14, Sangeetha Choodamani Award- Krishna Gana Sabha are some of the awards received by him.