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 - Kapi

Kapi raga, is a raga that lends itself to a multitude of avataras. The notes in this raga are so diverse, and so bountiful that any possible permutation just sounds extremely pleasing! The aarohana contains Shadja, Chatushruthi Rishabha, Shuddha Madhyama, Panchama, Kakali Nishadha, while the avarohana features additional notes like Kaishiki Nishadha, Shuddha Dhaivata and Sadharana Gandhara. Being a janya raga of Kharaharapriya, the swaras Kakali Nishadha and Antara Gandhara are considered bhashanga swaras (swaras that are borrowed from a raga other than the janaka or parent raga). A play between the two types of nishadha and gandhara is a particular trait of the raga that is often explored by artists.

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Kapi is a popular raga, and finds equal admiration in classical and movie songs. Some famous Thyagaraja krithis include Meevalla Gunadoshamemi, Anyayamu Seyakura, Intha Sowkhyamani ne etc. , Papanasam Sivan's Enna Thavam Seydane, Purandara Dasara krithi - Jagadoddharana is an epitome of Kapi for me, and so is Vanamamalla Jeeyar's Janaki Ramana. These are just a few of the extremely popular krithis in this wonderful raga. Kapi can be explored in great breadths and depths, each time would unearth yet another scintillating facet of the raga!