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.

Introducing the #30DayMarghazhiRagaChallenge

The pervasiveness of social media is undeniable, and along with this pervasiveness, comes a gamut of trends. One of these innumerable trends that has caught on fervently is the infatuation with "30-day fitness challenges". Having been a victim (and beneficiary) of these challenges, I realized that I could do something similar - but with Carnatic music. Since today happens to be the 18th of December - a day that marks the advent of the month of Dhanur masa or Marghazhi masam, I could find no better day to start my #30DayMarghazhiRagaChallenge.

Marghazhi masa is a month that signifies auspiciousness, and for the musically inclined - a full month filled with the divinity of music. So, starting today I begin my 30-day challenge to write about one raga a day. My goal is to explore as many krithis for this raga as I can during the day, and then write about my findings for the raga. These might not be as comprehensive as some of the other blogs out there, (which do extraordinary justice to the theory behind these ragas) but they are more of a personal attempt to listen and understand every raga in greater depth. Along with the writing, I will also try and record a small song or aalapana of the said raga each day. 

Please feel free to join my quest for learning and share your thoughts in the comments section below.