Nisha P Rajagopal
Carnatic Vocalist, Tamil Nadu, India

Biography

Nisha P Rajagopal, a popular young vocalist in the field of Carnatic Music, commenced her musical training with her mother, Smt. Vasundhra Rajagopal, while residing in Toronto, Canada. She relocated to Delhi, India in 1992 to pursue advanced training. In 1995 she shifted to Chennai with her family and continued her training with Sangeetha Kala Acharya Shri T. R. Subramanyam. She also had the opportunity to benefit from the guidance of Sangeetha Kala Acharya Late Shri Calcutta Krishnamurti.

She is currently training with Sangeetha Kala Acharya Shri
P. S. Narayanaswamy and Nadakkanal Smt. Suguna Varadachari.

Nisha holds a B.E. degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the University of Madras. She is an ‘A’ graded artist of the All India Radio.

Shows & Major Performances

Performances

Nisha has performed in all the major Sabhas in Chennai, as well as in several cities all over India.

She completed two tours of the US and Canada in 2003, 2004 and 2009, performing in some of the major cities. Nisha also performed at the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana in April 2003, 2004 and 2009. Nisha has also performed in the UK in June/July 2008 and May 2009.


Prizes and Awards

• Music Academy - Outstanding Lady Vocalist
(Sub-Senior), December 2008

• Sri Krishna Gana Sabha - Sri Krishna Gana Sabha
Endowment Prize, December 2008

• Bharat Kalachar - Conferred the title Yuva Kala Bharathi,
December 2007

• Music Academy - Swarna Venkatesa Dikshitar Award,
December 2007

• Kalakruthi - Sri A M Venugopal Award for talented young
musician, April 2007

• Vipanchee - Conferred the title ‘Gana Kala Vipanchee’,
January 2007

• Music Academy - Shri B. Natarajan Endowment Award,
December 2006

• Narada Gana Sabha - The Carnatic Music Association of
North America, Inc. NJ (USA) Dr. M.L Vasanthakumari
Endowment (CMANA Award), December 2005

• Music Academy - Shri B. Natarajan Endowment Award,
December 2004

• Kartik Fine Arts - D. K. Pattammal Award of Excellence,
December 2004

• Music Academy - Award for vocalist under 25 (instituted
by CMANA, USA), December 2003

• The Indian Fine Arts Society - Best Junior Lady Vocalist,
December 2003

• Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha - Prize for best concert
in the 2 to 4 p.m. slot, December 2003

Scholarships

• Department of Culture Senior Scholarship for Advanced
Training in Music, 2000

• Bharat Kalachar Scholarship for Carnatic Music from
1995 - 1998.

• Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT)
Scholarship of the Government of India for Classical
Carnatic Music since 1992.

www.nishaprajagopal.com

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