Raksha Rao

Musician / Vocalist

Raksha Rao is a Carnatic vocalist who has been learning and performing Carnatic Classical vocal music for the past 15 years. She has given many concerts to large audiences both in India and in the US under the able guidance of her guru Shri Tirumale Srinivas (Chami sir). Raksha has released 4 albums and has lent her voice to several devotional music albums such as "Chants for Children" , "Ide Sumano Vanim", "Anarghya" and many more. Though trained in Carnatic Classical music, she is a keen proponent and ardent lover of Kannada devaranama (or devotional music), and has sung various rare devaranamas, exquisitely set to beautiful ragas by her guru Shri Tirumale Srinivas. She has performed with renowned artists, including the exemplary UK-based violinist Jyotsna Srikanth in the hit TV series "Just Sangeetha". Check out more for clips from her performances. Under the able guidance of her guru, she is now leading a music school Mahati Nada Kendra, with an aim to train and spread Kannada dasa sahitya in Southern California and beyond.

Paridhanamichite - recorded at the All Composer's Day help in Malibu, CA. This is a hugely popular kriti in Raga Bilahari, composed by Shri Patnam Subramanya Iyer in the tala Khanda Chapu. 

Dinamani Vamsha  recorded on 31 May 2014 at the Thyagaraja Aradhane held at SIMA ( South Indian Music Academy ), CA. The composition is by Saint Thyagarja, set to Adi Tala, Harikamboji Raaga. Dinamani Vamsha is a timeless kriti that has been made popular by several eminent musicians of yesteryears. 

Mohana Aalapana recorded on 19th Feb 2014 - This recording was done for a competition. The competition demanded that the candidates demonstrate their creativity and their hold on advanced techniques through unique presentations. Raksha has attempted to do this through an aalapana in the raga Mohana, and has tried to portray her understanding of advanced concepts through graha bheda to raga Hindola in the aalapana.

Ee Vasudha Nee Vanti - Is a beautiful composition by Saint Thyagaraja in the raga Sahana. Raksha presented this krithi at the Thyagaraja Aradhane held at Malibu Temple, CA on January, 26, 2014. This krithi is a part of the 5 "Kovur Pancharatna Krithis". More information about Kovur Pancharatnams can be found on the following link:


O Jagadamba is a composition by Shyama Shastriin the raga Ananda Bhairavi. Raksha presented this krithi in the Dikshitar/ Shyama Shastri Aradhane conducted by SIMA(South Indian Music association) on 17 Nov 2013. Like many other gems of Shyama Shastri, this krithi shines while it brings out the essence of Ananda Bhairavi through its slow-paced yet "bhaava" filled composition.

Here Raksha presents an aalapana in the raga Kaapi. This was for the second and final round of the online competition by "Aalaap". The kaapi raga is presented in its entirety with special treatment for the anya swaras, a technique that is much emphasized by Raksha's guru Shri Tirumale Srinivas

This aalapana in raaga Madhyamavati was sung for the first round of an online aalaapana singing contest held by an organization called "Aalaap". The competition saw several hundreds of applicants from all over the world and was judged by the renowned musician Smt. Sudha Raghunathan, of which Raksha was selected as one of the 9 finalists. It was a great honor and moment of pride to be amongst the top contestants. More information on "Aalaap", the organization can be found in the link below:


Raksha presents an aalapana in the raga Nalinakanthi. It was recorded as a part of the initial round of an contest called "Aalaap" held by a Chennai based organization of the same name. Nalinakanthi, made popular by the krithi "Manavyala" is one of the ragas whose beauty is enhanced through the presence of "vakra sanchaarane", and is a pleasure to sing or play on an instrument.

Raksha presented Shree Janakatanaye at the Thyagaraja Aradhane conducted by South Indian Music Association(SIMA) in Los Angeles, CA. The krithi is in raga "Kalaakanti" and is one of the little known compositions of Shri Thyagaraja. This rare Gaayakapriya janya can be found at:


Raksha presented a devaranama "Gaanake Sulabhavo Raama Nama"  at the Dasara Aradhane, Irvine, CA on 09 March 2013.

The devaranama is written by Shri Purandara Dasaru, and the music has been composed by Raksha's guru Shri Tirumale Srinivas. The song is set to the raga "Navarasa Kannada" and very aptly showcases the unique  "S G M P S" sanchaara of Navarasa Kannada



Raksha is singing "Raamabhi Raama" in Raaga Durbaar at the Thyagaraja Aradhane conducted at the Malibu Temple, CA


Raksha has presented the krithi "Shree Matrubhootham" in Kannada Raga, Misrachapu tala. The krithi is composed by Shri Muthuswamy Dikshitar and is a well paced composition that outlines the contours of Kannada raga very well.