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 - Revati

Revati, the raga that has the power to move the soul! For me, Revati defines divinity and quiet strength. Containing the swaras Shadja, Shuddha Rishabha, Shuddha Madhyama, Panchama and Kaishiki Nishadha, it is considered a janya raga of the 2nd Melakarta, Ratnangi. 

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The rishabha, madhyama and nishadha in Revati add a sense of profoundness to the raaga when sung in combinatory phrases like "RMPNR", "NRS" etc. Landing in these swaras after elaborating during aalapane or neraval is quite prevalent. Be it the Revati in Annamacharaya's Nanati Bratuku, or Swami Dayananda Saraswati's Bho Shambho, the raga can convey a range of thoughts - from contemplative to captivating! 

Starting with Shri Vadiraja's "Gajamukha Vandisuve Karunisi Kaayo", my first krithi taught by my guru Shri Tirumale Srinivas, composed beautifully by him in the Raga Revati. This is from my performance at Shri Raghavendra Swamy Mutt, T. Nagar, Chennai a few years back.

Shri Annamacharya's Nanati Bratuku, rendered by none other than the evergreen MSS. The lyrics are a philosophical observation of the world, noting the futility of man's actions and existence, leading to only one universal truth - salvation. No other raga could have done more justice to this kind of existential and esoteric thought than Revati!

Shri Dayananda Saraswati's "Bho Shambho Shiva Shambho Swayambho" - a poetic, rhythmic and compelling composition, sung here by the talented Trichur brothers

And finally, Shri Lalgudi Jayaraman's thillana in Revati, sung by the brother duo from Toronto