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 - Desh

Desh - another Hindustani raga that has been wonderfully homogenized into the Carnatic system. Desh or Des is quite easily identifiable owing to its double nishadha and of course every Indian will recognize Desh from Vande Mataram! The aarohana contains kakali nishadha whereas the avarohana features kaishiki nishadha. Being a janya raga of 28th Melakarta Harikambhoji, the kakali nishadha can be considered a bhashanga swara (or foreign note). The nishadhas are often used by artists to bring out the beauty of the raga. Phrases demonstrating the two nishadhas, such as "MPN2-DP" - "MPN3S" particularly point to the bhashanga nature. Other common phrases include "RMP", "N2DP", "RMPN3" etc.

S R2 M1 P N3 S
S N2 D2 P M1 G3 R2 S


I haven't come across any composition in the raga Desh by the musical trinity so far, but would be happy to know if anything exists. Other than that, compositions in various South Indian languages in Desh are extremely prevalent. Rama namame in Tamil, composed by Shri Tanjavur Shankar Iyer, the famous Raghupati Raghava Rajaram, Hey Govinda Hey Gopala, in Hindi, composed by Shri Surdas are all in Desh.