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 - Takka

This raga caught my attention several years back when I heard a rendition of Shri Thyagaraja's Raka Shashivadana by Smt. Sudha Raghunathan. One of the rarest ragas, Raka Shashivadana is the only krithi I have heard till date in the Takka raaga. A janya raaga of the 15th Melakarta Mayamalavagowla, this raaga has uneven notes in the arohana

S R1 S G3 M1 G3 P M1 D1 N3 S
S N3 D1 P M1 G3 R1 S

Artistes explore the unusual nature of this raga through several meandering phrases, and Smt. Sudha Raghunathan has even been known to open concerts with this composition quite many times. Though unusual, the raga seems to have ancient roots, and serves as a pedagogical curiosity in several journals.