Seattle Raman, as he is popularly known to the South Indian Musicians young and old, has been engaged in the promotion of Carnatic Music for the past twenty-five years. He has sponsored, organized, and hosted most of the senior vocal artists in Seattle, Washington, USA. He has been the Director and President of the non-profit music organization, Ragamala during the past twenty-five years.. He is also the Chairman of the non-profit organization, ‘Acme Foundation’, (Academy for Carnatic Music Education) engaged in conducting, arranging lecture-demonstrations, and organizing the Thyagaraja Music Festival in Seattle. He is the Director of ‘shrutilaya.com’, a music school involved in teaching Carnatic Music, Thyagaraja Pancharathna Kritis, and other Devotional Bajans to students in Seattle and the Northwest.
Seattle Raman hails from a great musical family. He had his initial tutelage from his grandmother who was a great Vocalist, and a great Veena player. From a very young age Raman was exposed to Carnatic Music. After a lapse of many years during his study period Raman started learning in earnest from Sri. B. Rajam Iyer, S.R.Janakiraman, and later from many other senior vocal musicians. During the past twenty years, Raman had the benefit of listening to, and learning from many senior vocal artists. He has learnt and imbibed the traditional values of Carnatic Music from all the stalwart vocal musicians including Sri. O.S.Thiagarajan, Smt. Lalitha Sivakumar, and advanced training from Sri. P.Unnikrishnan, and Sri R.Suryaprakash
Seattle Raman devotes full time to singing, teaching, and giving vocal concerts in USA and in Chennai. Tamil Nadu. He has been performing at a number of venues for the past eighteen years in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, during the annual music season. He devotes a total of three months exclusively during the music season, each and every year since 1996, in Chennai, India, to listen to, and to give concerts at different venues in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
Seattle Raman teaches music to young and older students in Seattle, Washington, USA. He conducts regular Carnatic music classes and Bajans at the Iskcon Temple in Seattle, Washington, and on Skype. He has served as the past President of Ragamala. He is the President and Director of ‘Acme Foundation‘, (Academy for Carnatic Music Education, a non-profit music organization. He sponsors senior and upcoming artists from India during their USA tours. Conducts Thyagaraja Music Festivals since 1996 and sponsors concerts of senior and upcoming artists.