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 - Rageshri

Rageshri - the sole reason I remember this raga is by Shri Lalgudi Jayaraman's exquisite thillana in Rageshri. These lines in the charana - 

E VeLa Nannu Gaavumu naTana Chathura
NeevaaDa Mahaadaeva Shiva ShaamBhava
Neevae gaani Vaeraevaru laedu
Na jeevaadhara Shankara Gangaadhara

The bhava in this raga is unbeatable. Indicative of the khamaj thaat from Hindustani, the main swaras in Rageshri are - Shadja, Antara Gandhara, Shuddha Madhyama, Chatushruthi dhaivata, Kakali Nishada, and an additional chatushruthi Rishabha in the avarohana. It is considered to be a janya raga of the 28th Melakarta raga, Harikamboji

The thillana that defines Rageshri, rendered by Ranjani-Gayatri