Rajivan Ayyappan works independently as a sound designer for film, video, choreography along with his own projects that manifest as live performances,  installations, interfaces and musical compositions. He is co-founder of VEDANZA Artists International in Luxembourg, where he now lives.

He received early training in south Indian/north Indian music: vocal training (1970-1986) as well as string and percussion instruments. He also studied visual arts/design at the National Institute of Design, India (1984-1990). His traditional skills and interest in typography and his exposure to visual arts history triggered a kind of paradigm shift to his musical direction. After the design studies, he traveled extensively in India and absorbed pretty well the heterogeneity of Indian sound environment and sound culture.

He has presented his work at various art spaces and festivals internationally.
Recent projects include artistic direction of ‘Project-O‘, a contemporary dance performance for children (2010/11 tour);  mise en scène of ‘The Job’ a choreographic project in collaboration with Emanuela Iacopini ; conceiving ‘Sound mapping Mithi terrain‘, a sound project (field recording and installation) at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai 2009; composition of ‘Telescapes (Audio elf)‘, an installation based on Soccer, for the FIFA world cup 2006 exhibited at the Museum für Angewandte Kunst. Koln 2006.

His sound design projects in collaboration with Fireflys post sound Mumbai, brought brilliant sound dimensions to recent Indian films such as Printed Rainbow by Gitanjali Rao which has received three awards at the Cannes festival in 2006. He designed sound for Indian film makers: Ketan Mehta (The Rising), Aparna Sen (15 Park Avenue), Ayisha Abraham (Straight eight) and many documentary films.

 

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