Musician & Speaker, YHE 2020
Born and raised in Vancouver, Akhil Jobanputra started his journey in the Indian classical vocal form known as khayal at the age of three. He is currently under the tutelage of Gurus (masters) Dr. Pandit Arun Dravid and Pandit Arijit Mahalanabis. Akhil also receives guidance from Pandit Sanjeev Abhyankar. As a performer, Akhil has been featured in various venues and events across Canada, the United States, India, and the United Kingdom. Some of his recent performances include UTSAV SpringFest 2018 (Leicester, UK) and Richmond World Festival 2019 (Richmond, Canada). As an educator, Akhil has taught a number of students to enrich Vancouver’s South Asian traditional arts and culture ecosystem. He was recently featured in the Canadian South Asian Youth Conference, and his paper “My Identity, My Music” was published by the Simon Fraser University Library. At the age of twelve, Akhil founded the Indian Classical Music Society of Vancouver (ICMSV) with the goal of bringing communities together and promoting various local events. Since then, he has curated a series of initiatives and events geared at increasing awareness, accessibility, and education around Indian classical music.