Praveen Duth Stephen, otherwise fondly known as Stephen Prayog, born on March 18, 1967 to Philip Stephen and S. Pramila in Bangalore, Karnataka, India, is a Composer and Musician. He was born to a family that inherited rich musical credentials. His family's plush musical heritage began in the city of Mysore( known to be a city with thriving grounds for Musical Prodigies) with his Great GrandFather who was a Violinist and his GrandFather who was an Organist. His Mother's two elder brothers Gurumurthy and Prasad, also hailing from Mysore, were both Hindustani Musicians. The former is a Sitarist and the latter is a Tablist.
At the age of 10, Stephen Prayog, began to learn Guitar, Western Music and Western Notation from his father Philip Stephen, who was a renowned singer and a Guitar teacher, popularly known as "Cha-Cha" and "Mysore Mohammad Rafi". Philip Stephen also has the privilege of being a teacher to many musicians in Bangalore including Shri. Hamsalekha (a Music Director for over 300 Feature Films and Lyricist for 300 odd Feature Films in the Kannada Film Industry). On one hand if Philip Stephen was wheedling out talent instilled in Stephen Prayog's veins, on the other, his mother S. Pramila was instrumental in initiating the Journey of Music in his life by buying him his first Bass Guitar. Till date Stephen Prayog treasures this Gift from his Mother.
During his early years, Stephen Prayog learnt vocal Karnatic Music for 3 years under Sri. Vidwan M Venkatappa, well-known as Harmonium Venkatappa. He went further ahead to learn Hindustani Vocal Music under Pandit Parameshwar Hegde, who was a disciple of Pandit Basavaraj Raj Guru. With passion to learn more Music burning in his belly he went ahead to train for Western Music under Sri. S.K. Joseph, a renowned musician and a retired Band Master of the Indian Navy. Sri. S.K. Joseph has the acclaim of having taught a number of leading Musicians in Chennai and Bangalore.Praveen Duth Stephen Maestro Sri. Illayaraja (one of the legends of Indian Music) and Sri. L. Vaidyanathan wereamong his students.
Stephen Prayog has trained himself to play instruments such as the Guitar, Bass Guitar and the Piano. He learnt to play the Piano from Sri. Felix Joseph, Palace Band Master, Mysore and also got trained from Sri. Rajgopal Iyer. Classical Guitar was taught to him by Sri. Victor Albert.