Deepak is an incredibly versatile artist who is well known for his evocative performances in traditional North Indian Classical Music, his collaborations with musicians of other genres, his innovative compositions and for his excellence as a teacher.
Deepak Ram's first love is north Indian classical music. Indeed,
he is an accomplished soloist. He is a delightful and captivating
performer, combining technical mastery with personal charm. He has
performed in the United States of America (where he is currently
based), South Africa, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Austria,
Germany, Lebanon, Turkey and Holland and had the honor of accompanying
his teacher, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, in Geneva, London and
Deepak began his formal training in bansuri and tabla under Sri
Jeram Bhana in South Africa in 1975. Two years later he was off
to Mumbai, India to study flute under the late Sri Suryakant Limaye
(India's master flute maker); he simultaneously spent a short time
under flautist, Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao.
It was in 1981 that his dream was realized when he became the disciple of the celebrated flautist, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia (with whom he continues to study from time to time). During this period he also studied tabla under Sri Yashwant Padhye and music theory and voice under Pandit Rajaram Shukla.
Deepak earned a Masters degree in Music (MMus) from Rhodes University, South Africa, in 1996 for his thesis, Exploring syncretism between Indian and western music through composition.
Deepak's versatility is apparent in his numerous collaborations
with musicians of various genres. These include performances with
jazz pianists Darius Brubeck and Bheki Mseleku, Tunisian oud player
and vocalist Dhafer Yousseff and the popular South African band
Tananas. On January 1 2000, Deepak performed with South African
musicians like Sibongile Khumalo and the Rwandan diva, Cecile, on
Robben Island in South Africa's millennium concert hosted by presidents
Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki.
Deepak has six solo albums to his credit and as a session musician can be heard on over twenty five albums. His bansuri can also be heard on movie soundtracks, such as The Fast And The Furious, Matrix Revolutions, India, Kingdom of the Tiger and Stealth.
In 2000 Deepak was awarded Best Instrumental Album at the South
African Music Awards for his album Searching for Satyam. His previous
album Flute for Thought also saw him being nominated for Best Male
Artist and Best Instrumental Album in the 1999 South African Music
Awards. Both these albums feature Deepak's compositions and arrangements
based on elements of north Indian music.
Deepak's knowledge of both Indian and western traditions is evident
in his compositions which range from pieces for jazz groups, western
flute quartets (flute, violin, viola and cello), choral works and
ballets to orchestral pieces. His last work 'SURYA' for classical
guitar and bansuri, commissioned by the award winning guitarist
Mesut Özgen was premiered at the University of California, Santa
Cruz. Deepak is currently working on music for bansuri and string
One of Deepak Ram's fortes is his ability to communicate his knowledge,
making him an excellent teacher. Most recently, he served as visiting
professor in Indian Music at the University of California, Santa
Cruz. He lectured full time for four years at the University of
Durban-Westville, South Africa, and has conducted many workshops
in Indian music in the USA, United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa.
He also has several publications to his credit, including an instruction
booklet, Harmonium made easy.