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.

#30DayMarghazhiRagaChallenge - Lalit/Lalitha

Lalitha - though etymologically signifies playfulness, the raga sounds restrained, mystical and sometimes even melancholic. Lalitha is the janya raga of 15th Melakarta Mayamalavagoula and contains the swaras - Shadja, Shuddha Rishabha, Antara Gandhara, Shuddha Madhyama, Shuddha Dhaivata, Kakali Nishadha

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Compositions in pure Lalitha that are often sung by leading artistes mostly include Shri Thyagaraja's "Nannu Brova Lalitha", and Shri Muthuswamy Dikshitar's "Hiranmayeem Lakshmim". A similar sounding raga name is "Lalit"a Hindustani raga that is quite popular amongst artistes.

Listen to this beautiful rendition of Nannu Brova by smt. Nithyashree Mahadevan

Another gem - Hiranmayeem Lakshmi, sung here by the incredible Smt, Aruna Sairam

And finally, a devaranama - "Raghavendra Dayatoro" in the raga Lalit. Enjoy!