Rahul is an Indian classical music singer and a Film playback singer. His work in the film Katyar Kaljat Ghusali was highly appreciated.
Rahul developed his interest in vocal music by studying the music of Kumar Gandharva. Initially, he sought guidance from Vidushi Ushatai Chipalkatti and Kumar Gandharva's son Sri. Mukul Shivputra. He further learned music under the tutelage of Sri. Gangadharbuva Pimpalkhare and Sri. Madhusudhan Patwardhan. He also learned tabla from Sri. Suresh Samant.
Rahul’s voice has the hallmark of his superb and confident singing. He has developed the deep bass that has become a key feature of his singing today. Rahul's powerful rendition and on-the-spot innovations keep listeners mesmerised, while his efforts to contemporise the presentations with modern techniques have also earned him accolades.
He has also acted in Indian musicals (natyasangeet) like Katyar Kaljaat Ghusli, Sangeet Maanapmaan, and Sangeet Saunshyakallol.
Hailing from a family of legendary musicians, as the grandson of the late mridangam legend, Sri Palghat Raghu and with the Lalgudi family name on the mother’s side, music is in Abhishek’s blood.
A child prodigy, Abhishek started learning the mridangam from his grandfather, winning accolades by the age of seven. By 1994, he moved on to vocal performances training under Vidwan Sri. P. S. Narayanaswamy. In 1999, he gave his first international concert tour in the U.S with his grandfather, Sri. Palghat Raghu. Today, he is one of most heard Carnatic vocalists in India. He has performed with several eminent musicians and has won him wide international acclaim.
Possessing a combination of virtuosity, aesthetics and intellect, Abhishek has created a new genre in the field of music that, according to critics is “food for the intellect, mind, heart and soul”. He could very well be on his way to creating a new Gharana, something that could have a big impact in the Indian music world.