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.

Raaga Jigyasa's nascent foray into the blogging world

Hi everyone,

This is my maiden post on this blog, and I hope there will be many more to come. Through this blog, I wish to draw inspiration and knowledge from my fellow musicians and also seek your blessings for my endeavors in the future. The name Jigyasa means "curiosity" in Sanskrit and I felt that this was the most fitting name for this blog, since it is nothing but an attempt to quench the curiosity for musical knowledge!

My guru Shri Tirumale Srinivas is an exceptional teacher and an extremely talented music composer. His creativity in composing music for devaranamas is unfathomable. The way he brings out the essence of the krithi and at the same time, blends his unbelievably unique imagination in the composition is truly a treat for singers and listeners alike. I enjoy singing these devaranamas immensely and have always wanted to share his talent with others.

Recently, I received a microphone as a birthday gift and was extremely enthused to record my guru's devaranama as my first song on the microphone. 

The song is called "Enu Punyava Maadi Naanindu Ninna Kande" in the raaga Vaasanthi. The lyrics are composed by Shri Karigireesha . I have tried my best to do enough justice to this song through my rendition and with the blessing of my guru, am sharing it here for all of you to listen.

The song has been recorded using a Blue Yeti microphone and edited on Garage Band on Mac. Additionally the tabla and manjira track has been taken from iTablaPro. I tried recording my voice on three different tracks(1 for main voice and 2 tracks for the harmony) and integrated the tabla and shruti on two other tracks. Any suggestions or recommendations on the recording equipment or software used is highly appreciated.