Aditya Prakash is coming to the Coppell Arts Center this month

Aditya Prakash, a virtuoso of classical music from South India, will bring his highly ornate, stylized and emotive Carnatic vocal style to the Coppell Arts Center on Friday, April 29 at 8 p.m. Aditya’s innovative and dynamic approach to traditional Carnatic music includes a blend of classical Indian ragas, chants and rhythms with the modern sounds of marching band arrangement, jazz harmony and hip-infused rhythms. poof. This concert will take place in the main hall of the new Coppell Arts Center (505 Travis Street, Coppell, TX 75019). Tickets are $32 and are on sale now at • 972-304-7047.

Aditya Prakash, an award-winning singer known for his powerful and emotive voice, is one of the leading voices to come in Carnatic (South Indian classical) music. Aditya was one of the youngest musicians to tour and perform with sitar maestro Ravi Shankar at the age of 16, taking him to prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl and the Disney Hall, among others. Aditya continues to collaborate with leading innovators and artists such as Anoushka ShankarTigran Hamasyan, Karsh Kale and Akram Khan.

In 2010, Aditya founded the Aditya Prakash Ensemble, a group that frames Aditya’s Carnatic vocal style around jazz instrumentation. Indian classical music and jazz seem poles apart, but on closer inspection they share many similarities in philosophy and approach. Both are centered on improvisation, dialogue and spontaneous “creative flow” to inspire the direction of the music. The Ensemble brings together musicians from different backgrounds to dialogue, creating a profound result: a fusion of seemingly disparate cultures coming together to create a unique language. The Ensemble has created an outlet for Indian classical and jazz aesthetics to radiate in an accessible, modern, playful yet powerful and dynamic way.

Located in the heart of Coppell’s Old Town, the Coppell Arts Center serves as the anchor entertainment venue for the new commercial and residential district. The center is home to five resident art companies: the Ballet Ensemble of Texas, Coppell Community Chorale, Coppell Creatives, Coppell Community Orchestra, and Theater Coppell.

Featuring six multi-purpose halls, the 30,000 square foot facility offers a diverse mix of performances, productions and events. The 442-seat main hall hosts concerts and touring productions, the 196-seat Black Box Theater creates opportunities to experience intimate theatrical productions, and the 2,000-square-foot multi-purpose ballroom provides space for the citizens of Coppell to congregate for art exhibitions and nightlife events. The Cherie and Jim Walker Pavilion at the Grove Performance Plaza provides outdoor community space for special events with views of Old Town Coppell.

The center is part of the city of Coppell’s 30-year plan to provide citizens with world-class entertainment and nightlife. It was built and designed by Corgan Architects in collaboration with Schuler Shook and Jaffe Holden. For more information, visit or find us on Facebook and Instagram. Join the conversation by following #coppellartscenter and #oldtowncoppell.

William E. Bennett