Krishna Teja: Indian-Origin Singer is Making Waves Abroad

Krishna Teja

Indian singers residing overseas garner a lot of love and respect from the audiences there. Moreover music enthusiasts of world music show tremendous warmth for Indian music and singers because the Indian music is so rich and rooted. Krishna Teja, an Indian-origin singer is making waves in Vancouver Canada after his performance at ‘Awaaz’ a charity show hosted by Awaaz Orphans Foundation in Vancouver, Canada. Teja crooned the unplugged version of the super hit song ‘Tu Hi Re’ from the 90’s blockbuster film ‘Bombay.’

His Roots

Krishna has his roots in a South Indian family, his native language is Telugu. Living in Vancouver, Krishna’s singing skills are getting mentored by several big names in Hindustani music. For Hindustani classical music, he is receiving tutelage from Shri Pandit Pritam Bhattacharjee who himself is a devoted student of Padma Vibhushan recipient Pandit Jasraj and also Smt. Asha Lohia.  For his Carnatic inclinations, Krishna learns from Smt. Prafulla Sunder and Smt. Swathi Suri based in India.

Early Starter

When he was just 10 years Krishna was already performing in front of stalwarts like Mahamahopadhyaya Padma Bhushan Sri Nookala China Satyanarayana. At the time itself Krishna got suggestions that his vocal quality would make him best fit for Hindustani Classical music. But his truest push for learning that style of music came from Padma Bhushan Begum Parveen Sultana whose performance he had attended.

Special Interests

Krishna has a soft spot semi-classical, classical, and ghazals from Indian movies. Although his list of achievements continues to grow, he already has some remarkable working associations to light up his resume. Krishna got a golden chance to work with maestro musician Illaiyaraja, a Padma Bhushan recipient. Furthermore, Krishna also got the chance to lend vocals for a Pandit Jasraj performance in Vancouver in 2013.

Academically Sound

Krishna is quite the well-learned man academically too. Presently he is pursuing a doctoral qualification in Industrial Engineering from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.


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