• Radhika Sood Nayak

Sufi Vocalist | Composer


My tryst with Sufi music began with Punjabi Sufi mystic Bulleh Shah’s
kalaam (कलाम) . It filled my heart and then on, I have performed at Mumbai Kabir Festival, Malwa Kabir Yatra, Kala Ghoda - Make in India Festival, Rajasthan Kabir Yatra, the World Sacred Spirit Festival at Nagaur and most recently at the Royal Opera House, Mumbai. As I sing the fervent poetry of the mystics, I like to share the context and a simple interpretation of the pieces with my listeners, which makes the experience even more fulfilling.


I have recently ventured into composing, starting with the evocative kalaam of Sufi mystic Shah Hussain. ‘Faqeer Nimaana’, a music-dance collaboration was born, which we have performed at Sama’a, the Sufi Music Festival at NCPA Mumbai and at the Old World Theatre Festival at India Habitat Centre, Delhi.

My initial training in Hindustani Classical music was at Delhi’s Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. Later, I learnt from very accomplished Gurus like Jaipur-Attrauli gharana veteran Late Pandita Sudhila Rani Patel and Thumri maestro Smt Dhanashree Pandit Rai. I am currently under the guidance of Shri Dayal Thakur.

Radhika is an Akashvani artist and a recipient of the ‘Sur Mani’ Award. In 2013, she won the FM Radio channel ‘Radio City Super Singer’ contest. After an MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur, she worked with Unilever and ANZ Grindlays before moving on to pursue her quest for music.

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