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.

Antara Raag and Roll music competition

A few days back the social media music platform Aalaap in association with their PR platform Antara announced a unique online competition - "Raag and Roll". It challenged singers to choose a movie song based on a Carnatic raga and shoot a video of themselves singing it.

To add to the excitement, the competition was to be judged by none other than the esteemed Carnatic singer Shri P.Unnikrishnan! The competition was open to all age groups and drew several entries from all over India and outside. 

Today I am very happy to announce that I was declared the winner of the contest!

Finally, the results of Antara's first initiative, Raag & Roll - a Facebook contest that invited participants to shoot a...

Posted by Antara on Saturday, May 9, 2015

Making this more special are the words from Shri Unnikrishnan who wrote about the song - 

Raksha has a very good and clear voice range; her singing was effortless.
— P. Unnikrishnan on Antara's Facebook page

I thank him for his kind words and really appreciate him making time to listen to each and every song while carefully scrutinizing the entries.

Here is my original entry "Nambide Ninna Nada Devateya" song from the movie "Sandhya Raaga" originally sung by the great S.Janaki.

Special thanks to Aalaap and Antara for coming up with this unique initiative and providing a wonderful platform for singers like us to showcase our talents. And a big thank you to all my fellow competitors for making this a competitive and fun challenge!