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.

Reliving AKKA 2014

The AKKA 2014 conference held recently at San Jose, CA was an event to remember, three days of living the Kannadiga splendor, relishing food that reminded one of home, hearing words in Kannada all around and witnessing some spectacular programs that touched many a hearts, it was an experience in itself.

The main highlight in AKKA for me was the AKKA Music Idol fondly named as "HaaDu Baa Kogile" . The event that attracted  participants from all over USA had several contestants spanning different age groups starting from 5 years onwards! The adult age group had about 25 contestants, each of whom were exquisitely skilled and molded the event into an immensely competitive one. Judged by eminent musicians from India, the event consisted of 3 rounds for adults - prelims, semi finals and finals. The 3 rounds were held on 3 separate days of AKKA. By the blessings of elders and the judges, I was selected for the final round. It was a great pleasure and a truly blissful experience to stand on a stage and sing to an equally enthusiastic crowd. The stage had all the grandeur and glory to match the resplendence of AKKA. My hearty wishes to all my fellow competitors for their brilliant performances, and more importantly for setting the bar so high for me and for future AKKA Music Idol contests to be held. 

My rendition for the non-film category in the final round - A beautiful song written by N.S. Lakshminarayana Bhatta, "Nee Sigade BaaLondu BaaLe Krishna"

My rendition for the film song category in the final round - "Nadheem Dheem Tana" from the movie Gaalipata, originally rendered mellifluously by the ever melodious Chitra.


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