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Achutha Kumar, who has been playing the drums since the age of eight, has his own band called Pranetra. Photo: M. Moorthy   | Photo Credit: M_Moorthy

“To learn an art, there must be an inspirer or an inspiration,” says A.D. Achutha Kumar, a drummer, who has been playing the percussion instrument since the age of eight.

“The sound and the rhythms of the drums was my inspiration. Moreover, percussion is a part of our Indian tradition. Though I love playing Indian percussion instruments, the western drums really inspired me,” he adds.

The fusion artist has completed Grade 8 Drum Kit (Western Drums) with Merit from Trinity College London.

He says only a few artistes from the country have achieved this.

Apart from drumming, he also plays other percussion instruments during his performances.

“A jazz concert at the Music Academy inspired me to learn the other percussion instruments. In western countries, people play the drums and other percussion instruments for jazz, pop, fusion, blues, and rock music. I want to infuse Carnatic and Hindustani music with jazz,” he says, adding that he practices daily in the morning and evening.

His recorded performances have been played on Drum Talk, a web channel, focusing mainly on western drummers.

“Over 20,000 people have viewed my performance on the channel. My guru is percussionist S. Murali Krishnan, founder of Jus Drums.” He received the Dr. Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman Award in 2014 from the institute. “As a solo artist and a member of Pranetra, a band I started in 2012, I have performed in more than 1000 concerts in India and abroad. I was one of the youngest members of the band to have performed in A. R. Rahman concert along with Drums Siva Mani in YMCA in 2006.

Singers Chithra and Chinamyi appreciated my performance,” he pointed out.

He has played for A. R. Rahman in Jodha Akbar, Stephen Devassy, and Keith Peters and other musicians.

As a tribute to composer Ilayaraja, he played with the band for Idhayam Thotta Isaignani.

“Playing drums helps me handle stress. At present, we are working on a fusion album with playback singer Ravishanker. We plan to release it this year. Apart from this, I will be performing at the MRF International Concert 2016, a global fusion festival, in Bangalore.” Achutha Kumar, a resident of Ashok Nagar, can be reached at 97101 60711.


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