Geetha Raja
Carnatic Vocalist, Tamil Nadu, India

Biography

Geetha Raja 

has established herself as a well known concert vocalist in South Indian classical music for two decades. She is an accomplished musician with Master's degrees in Music and English.

MUSICAL EDUCATION
Geetha had her initial training in music from Sangita Kala Acharya Bombay Ramachandran and later was privileged to come under the tutelage of Sangita Kalanidhi T.Brinda from whom she imbibed a vast repertoire of classical compositions. She has also had specialised training under Sangita Kalanidhi, Padma Bhushan K.S. Narayanaswami and Padmashri Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan. Her performances include a wide selection from the Krithis of Thyagaraja, Muthuswamy Dikshithar and Shyama Shastri, Tamil Krithis, padams, javalis, abhangs, bhajans and devarnamas.

TEACHING
Geetha is actively involved in teaching carnatic and devotional music to advanced learners of music through classes and the internet. She firmly believes in the propagation of our rich musical heritage and engages herself wholeheartedly in this task. She has conducted special classes in padams and javalis under the auspices of the Music Academy, Chennai, from 2009 to 2011.

CASSETTES AND CDS

Geetha has sung for prominent recording companies - Sangeetha, HMV, Saregama, Amutham Music, Dreams Audio, Gitaa Cassettes and Kalavardhanis and released a number of cassettes and CDs.

Giri Trading Agency has brought out a double CD album in 2011 - entitled “Sri Bharati Tirtha Kavita Lahari” -Sanskrit compositions of the Sringeri Jagadguru, Sri Sharada Peetham, set to music by Sri Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan and rendered by Geetha Raja.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

  • Participated in the Akashvani Sangeet Sammelan (All India Radio) at Trivandrum --Sep 2013
  • Received the Achiever's Award and title of "Sangeetha Sevai Chemmal" from the South Indian Social and Cultural Academy - Sep 2013
  • Performed at the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana, USA, during the birth centenary of Smt. T. Brinda--April 2012
  • Appointed as Member of Audition Committee for carnatic classical and devotional music by All India Radio for two years--2010.
  • Financial Grant from the Dept. of Culture, Govt. of India, to work on "Tamil Isai in Carnatic Music" - 2007.
  • "Jayarathna" - Title from Jayadhaarini Trust - 2007
  • "Kalaimamani" - Title from Govt. of Tamilnadu - Feb. 2006
  • "Meritorious Vocalist Award"- Maharajapuram Santhanam Trust - 2006.
  • "Pannisai Mamani" - Title from Kunnakudi Meenakshi Ramaswami Trust - 2004.
  • "Asthana Vidushi" - Title awarded by Shri.Shankaracharya, Sringeri Mutt, Karnataka - April, 2001.
  • Dr.S.Pinakapani Award for Best Raga Alapana - Music Academy, Madras - 2000
  • T.S.Sabesa Iyer / Tanjavur K.Ponniah Pillai Award - Music Academy, Madras -1998.
  • Sung for an award - winning dance documentary film entitled "Sanchari", produced for the Ministry of External Affairs - 1991.
  • Awarded the Govt. of India fellowship under the Department of Culture Scheme of fellowships to outstanding artistes in the field of performing arts for two years - 1988-90.
  • Smt.Sarada Krishna Iyer Memorial Award - Music Academy, Madras - 1988.
  • Specially sponsored by AIR to give a series of concerts in Andhra Pradesh before invited audiences - 1985
  • Fellowship for two years from Bhulabhai Memorial Institute, Bombay, to learn special repertoire from Sangita Kalanidhi K.S Narayanaswami.-- (1984--1986).
  • Smt.D.K.Pattammal Award - Music Academy, Madras - 1983.
  • V.R.Sambasiva Iyer Memorial Award - Music Academy, Madras - 1978.
  • Selected by Tamilnadu State Academy (Eyal Isai Nataka Manram) to give a series of concerts in South India - 1977
  • "Sur Mani" title awarded by Sur Singar Samsad, Bombay - 1976
  • Gokulashtami Series Award - Krishna Gana Sabha, Madras - 1975
  • Awarded prizes in AIR competitions in the three categories eligible to vocalists i.e., Classical, Light Classical, Light Music (1971-74).
  • Several other prizes and gold medals in music competitions conducted by sabhas in Bombay and Madras - 1967-75.
Shows & Major Performances

CONCERT EXPERIENCE

Geetha has travelled extensively and presented concerts at important venues and festivals all over India and abroad. She has performed in Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Russia, the U.K. and the U.S.A and has explained Indian music through lecture demonstrations and conducted workshops in Europe and the U.S.A. The"Voices of Women" festival in Belgium, the Nehru Centre in London, Radio France in Paris and the Indo Austrian Association in Vienna are a few of the well known centres where she was invited to perform.

She has participated in the Smithsonian Institution's "Inspired by India" festival and in the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana in 2005 and has performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, in 2006.

In addition to her concert schedule in India and overseas, she performs regularly on radio and television as an "A" grade artiste of All India Radio, Chennai, and has been featured often in the National Programme and Akashvani Sangeet Sammelan of AIR.

Critics have commented on her resonant voice, fidelity to sruti and clarity of diction.

Geetha has given a number of jugalbandi programmes with Hindustani vocalist Sandhya Kathavate, emphasizing the similarities and contrasts in the Carnatic and Hindustani styles of music.

She has presented concerts and interviews in private television channels, lent her voice to dance drama recordings and written articles on music.

She has trained in playing the veena from Sangita Kalanidhi K.S. Narayanaswami.

She has performed in many other equally important centres of music like Calcutta, Jamshedpur and Poona in North India; Temple Festivals at Palani,Trichy, Tirunelveli, Kumbakonam and other places in Tamil Nadu; in Karnataka and Andhra; and at wedding concerts.

Contact: 

Geetha Raja
D-5, Palanisamy Apartments
81, Luz Church Road, Mylapore, Chennai 600 004

Phone: 2499 3939 Mob: 93806 - 93939

Email: geetharaja5@gmail.com

Web: http://www.geetharaja.com


Awards & Recognitions

MLV Endowment Award

Dr MLV Endowment Award instituted by CMANA from Narada Gana Sabha on 13.12.14

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