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 - Valaji

An unusual raga in Carnatic music, but nevertheless when one listens to Valaji, it feels familiar! Maybe it is the flow of notes that are so pleasing to hear, or the similarity with ragas ike Malayamarutha, Valaji doesn't really appear rare. Also known as kalavati (the Hindustani equivalent of Valaji), it is considered to be a janya raga of 16th Melakarta Chakravaka raga,  The main notes in Valaji are Shadja, Antara Gandhara, Shuddha Madhyama, Panchama, Chatushruthi Dhaivata and Kaishiki Nishadha

S G3 M1 P1 D2 N2 S

S N2 D2 P M1 G3 S

Starting off with a varna- Chalamu Seyara by Shri Lalgudi Jayaraman, rendered here in a flute duet

Koovi Alayithal - a composition of Kavingar Vaali - sung exquisitely by Shri O. S. Arun 

Shri Mutthayya Bhagavatar's Jalanthara sung by the legendary Shri Madurai Mani Iyer

Finally, my guru Shri Tirumale Shrinivas' music composition for Neene Parama Pavani, sung here by my guru and his students