Nirmala Rajasekar is a world renowned Carnatic veena virtuoso and educator of South Indian Music. She has performed in venues throughout the world and is a recipient of many awards including a Bush artistic fellowship, a McKnight fellowship, Rotary Vocational Excellence award and Best Senior Veena Artiste.  She is known for her talents in exploring South Indian Classical (Carnatic) to create collaborative projects with other music traditions including western classical and jazz. 
 
The press has often described her as a "Carnatic Ambassador", as she has introduced Carnatic Music to many other art forms of the world.
  • April 2015 (Almost May!)

    Spring time again--Time to enjoy the blessing of good weather and new beginnings. The past few months have seen a trip South Dakota and the National Music Museum in February -A thrilling and unique experience to be among some of the most ancient instruments and traditions of the world-- one to cherish always. Concerts in town at the Hosmer Library, classes and workshops, new work creation ---all in all a whirlwind of blessings and music. Onto a new work May 2 Maithree music of friendship --a first ever production, a good amount of travel to Rochester May 6 ,May 9 and then the East Coast May 21 to June 6. Performance at Camp Masala, Summer workshops more travel on the cards..Stay healthy and happy you all --So long until the next time :)

    Posted Apr 27, 2015, 5:27 AM by Nirmala Rajasekar
  • December 2014

    Its been six months since my last post and I am surprised ..again!!Where has the time gone ? Looking back -from a trip to India to Kumbakonam in the intense heat of the summer months of July and August for performances at the Wallajahpet  Venkatramana Bhagavadhar Festival,recording for television channel 'Podigai', performing in  'Serene' Coimbatore, a trip up the  Blue Mountains 'Nilgiris' with my children Neeraj and Shruthi and my parents to the picturesque Coonoor and Ooty; visiting my dear guru Sri Sitarama Sarma Sir-- Shruthi studying with him --all bringing back memories of my own classes with him feeling excited and then all at once realizing that for sure time has flown by  :) Wow!  to admiring Subramanya Bharathi at Winona State University in September , to Navarathri and the celebrating of Sri Saraswathi, performing back to back performances at the Vedanta Society in Kansas and the Hindu Temple there in October, to moving onto an entirely new genre of music in November with our expressions in 'Summer Rain' with the wonderful musicians of Zeitgeist and the fantastic Shri Thanjavur Murugaboopathi from India, the Song of Wonder concert with David Harris and the Voices of Sepharad and wrapping up the month with presentations of' Melodies and Rhythms - the Art of Improvisation in Carnatic Music ' at St Cloud Minnesota and Minnetonka Minnesota supported by the Minnesota State Arts Board's FATA. Now bags packed and ready to travel to the world famous Music Festival in Chennai, India. Happy Holidays ! Enjoy the season all its colors and this lovely world we live in. My best wishes always - Until the next time take care-

    Posted Apr 27, 2015, 5:27 AM by Nirmala Rajasekar
  • June 2014
    I cannot believe that two whole seasons have passed since my last update here. Life has been filled with the many splendors of music all through this time. After concerts in Bangalore and Chennai in December and January, wonder in music became a mantra for me as I explored the many facets of it with colleague and vocalist David Harris in the new creation 'Song of Wonder' which premiered in April 2014. I am delighted that we will be able to bring 'Song of Wonder' to various cities and venues over the course of this year and the next. April also saw the Carnatic Star Festival in which I had the good fortune of performing in the presence of legend Dr Balamurali Krishna. It was an evening to cherish as I sat on stage after my performance watching the Maestro sing his concert. The month of May brought another memorable event - the visit of the great Vidwan Padma Bhushan Sangeeta Kalanidhi Shri TV Shankaranayaran to our school the Naadha Rasa Center for Music. My journey continues from the wonder Mantra to the Mantrapushpam from the Taithreeya Aranyakam (1.22) of Yajur Veda. My veena students, and I, will play this most famous Veda mantra to the chanting of the priests at the Hindu Society of Minnesota at the eighth Anniversary celebrations of the Hindu Society of Minnesota on June 7. July and August will bring me to Chennai, Kumbakonam and Coimbatore. I eagerly await the Wallajpet Venkatramana Bhaghavadhar celebrations in Kumbakonan in July. So long until the next time -take care. May your lives be filled with music in all her glory. 
    Posted Jun 6, 2014, 8:21 AM by Nirmala Rajasekar
  • November 2013
    It has been a mixed bag these past few months- Returning after the tour of Australia and Singapore organized by Swara Laya Fine Arts Sydney and meeting some wonderful people in that part of the world was most rewarding. International world melody day veena day went off well celebrated by Naadha Rasa -I remember with gratitude and affection my vocal Guru Shri TRS who was part of my life -WHOSE PASSION WILL REMAIN WITH US FOR EVER. His visit to Minnesota in 2004 is an evergreen memory. Aradhana the 18th year event , Diwali at the Plymouth Library and Shruthi and Carnatic Idol season 3 semis and finals in Chicago were all part of these past weeks of musical activity. 'Sangam' a first time collaboration involving 22 musicians Cartnatic and western classical comes together on November 22 followed by the Namaste Slaiche concert. Nov 24 brings us to a historical event -Swami Vivekandanda's visit 150 years ago to the First Unitarian Church on Mount Curve Minneapolis. I am happy to be involved with it all-  December in India - looking forward to the International music festival with some of my American friends and students. Hope you can join us. Until the next time stay warm take care
    Posted Nov 19, 2013, 12:02 PM by Nirmala Rajasekar
  • Fall 2013
    Another summer  -the last weeks of August definitely of the Indian variety ---is coming to a close. So much to share- so much to feel blessed about. The visits to Veenalayam, Toronto , Panchatantra workshops at Madison, Wisconsin and the veena and vocal workshops in California came close on the heels of the duet concert with veena/chitra veena, the Flint Hills International Festival and the great honor of performing for Dr.Abdul Kalam in his maiden visit to the State. Before the blink of an eye appeared the Dikshidar day celebrations, the intensive workshops for Naadharasa and the Krishna Akhandam celebration. The once-in-every-few-years performance at the Minnesota State Fair is now over and bags are being packed for the next tour - Sept 7 from Singapore onto to Perth Australia on Sept 8 then for the next few weeks in the great down under.When I began to study veena and Carnatic music at age 6 thanks to my loving parents --I never gave a thought of what it would lead to and what the path would be- I now reflect and share my humble 2 cents - Follow your heart and your dream always - be prepared to work as much as you can with passion and dedication -and above all have faith in the Universe ----As the clocks are reset in the fall season -recharge my friends and go on -and may His Blessings be with you all - Until the next time -Nirmala
    Posted Aug 29, 2013, 11:24 AM by Nirmala Rajasekar
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