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 - Tilang

Tilang is a raga that instantly evokes devotion, jubilation and a breezy mood all at once. Being borrowed from Hindustani, one doesn't find many compositions (especially from the Musical trinity), nevertheless this raga holds a special place on its own. With the presence of dwi-nishadha - Kakali Nishadha in the aarohana and kaishiki Nishadha in the avarohana, this raga is a delight for singers and instrumentalists. Tilang can be called a janya raga of 28th Melakarta Harikambodhi, and has the following arohana and avarohana

S G3 M1 P N3 S

S N2 P M1 G3 S

Yet again, like Gambheera Nattai or Jog, the phrase "N2 P M1 G3" has a special charm, and naturally gives way to strains of Mishra Tilang.

The most famous Tilang composition that immediately pops up in my mind is Pt.Ravi Shankar and Yehudi Menuhin's exhilarating and brilliant - Swara-Kakali in Tilang

Carnatic renditions in Tilang are far and few between, though the raga has been well adopted by film music directors, and quite often finds a place for light classical compositions.

Here is a rendition of the Purandara Dasara krithi - Rama Rama Enniro by Shri T.V. Shankaranarayanan

Another Tamil krithi - Siddhi Vinayakane, aptly rendered by Shreeranjini Santhanagopalan

Another Tamil krithi - Shanti Nilava Vendum, composed by Shri Sethumadhava Rao, sung here by the esteemed Smt. Sudha Raghunathan