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.


MAITHREE IN THE MEDIA
Smt. Nirmala Rajasekar's album Maithree: the Music of Friendship has been making waves! The album is globally available on all streaming services on OCTOBER 26, with the album release concert on OCTOBER 28See and listen to some of the coverage:





Oct 23, KFAI Radio: Womenfolk

Oct 21, KFAI Radio: Century Song 

Oct 19, KFAI Radio: Fubar Omniverse 


Mayi Re Mei Tho Liyo-Meerabai


 
  • July 2019
    'Veena Gaanam 2019' at the Cleveland Aradhana on April 22 2019 was an extraordinary event. For the first time in 43 years of the Aradhana such a concert featuring the veena with vocal was presented. As our team of 72 people from 9 states of the USA took to the stage to perform an hour of veena/vocal/mridangam music, our Gurus' Grace was felt. The nearly 30 veenas  on stage stayed in shruthi for that one hour (a miracle in itself) and the performers sang and played their hearts out. Our deep gratitude to Shri VV Sundaram Mama for this great concept and for encouraging me to create this concert. Many thanks to Vidwans Shri Thanjavur Murugaboopathi Anna and Shri V.Srinivasan for working with our young mridangam players. Our gratitude goes out to all the eminent artists who came at 8 am that morning to bless the performers. The year is moving fast with residencies (8 of them) and concerts in Dhvani Columbus, Indian Fine Arts Academy San Diego, Cleveland Aradhana,  ' Summer Rain '  with Zeitgeist and performing in a special 1000 moon celebration event with Shruthi  Rajasekar for the legendary Spider John Koerner at the world renowned Cedar Cultural Center. Looking ahead to travelling to India for concerts and a special event there. I will post more after I am back.Take care and have a wonderful summer everyone! Thank you for visiting!
    Posted Jul 3, 2019, 9:37 AM by Nirmala Rajasekar
  • Oct 2018 'Maithree the Music of Friendship'
    A week away from the D-Day the launch of our new album 'Maithree the Music of Friendship'. Exciting times ahead. A dream now closer to reality. 
    We invite you all to join us on Oct 28th 2018 at the wonderful world music venue the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis at 3 pm for the release concert. My 'Maithrees'  Vidwan and Vidushis Thanjavur Muugaboopathi,  Michelle Kinney , Pat O Keefe and Tim O' Keefe will be performing with yours truly on that day. I am most grateful to Innova recordings for their faith in me and helping launch this album under their label, for Wild Sound Studios and Steve Kaul, for recording editing and mastering the album, Gary Hines (3 time Grammy winning group Sounds Of Blackness') Shruthi Rajasekar (composer-musician)  V.Srinivasan (musician) for their time in the studio as studio producers and several other friends for helping in so many capacities. It has been a journey of love, camaraderie and friendship and I thank my wonderful partners for their trust and support. The digital global release two days before the concert on Oct 26 2018. Hope you will all get a copy of the album. Let us know what you think.    
    Happy Dasshera! 
    Posted Oct 20, 2018, 8:52 PM by Nirmala Rajasekar
  • April 2018
    Greetings! Thanks for the gentle nudge dear friend-that the blog needs updating :) yes its been way too long since the last post. A lot of happenings on the musical and personal front - leaves one wondering about life and the myriad possibilities of the unexpected. Much to be grateful for but a lot to contemplate about too- Raj Neeraj and I are happy that By His Grace Shruthi Rajasekar has been chosen as a Marshall Scholar to pursue her Masters education in England. Remembering my Guru Shri Seetharama Sarma who we lost on December 10th most unexpectedly. Shruthi had a unique opportunity to study with him in the summer of 2014. His magnificent teaching and rendition of the Thodi swarajathi will always be remembered. I was very fortunate to be part of his and Mami's Sadhabhishekam function in September in Chennai. May his Blessings be upon all of us always.
    Thanks to New Zealand Rasikas and the dynamic Priya and Gopal Srinivasan for bringing me and the grand lady to Auckland and Wellington in August for double header concerts teaming up with Vidwan Kunnakudi Balamurali Krishna and a splendid group of artists Vidwans BU GaneshPrasad, Thanjavur Murugaboopathi and Shree Sundarkumar- The tour proceeded to Australia and Singapore -thanks to Shri Sridhar Chari , Smt.Susmita Ravi , Smt.Shanthinie Raveendran, Smt. Yaso Ponnudurai,  Shri V.Shankaranarayanan and SIFAS. Being able to perform at the Veena Festival and Navarathri Cutcheris in Chennai at many venues including the Sharadha Sringeri Peetam T Nagar and Arkay Convention Center was a wonderful experience. October and November saw yours truly having a concert tour of the USA with performances in the Charleston Music Hall, IFSAAD San Diego, SIFA CA, ICC Rochester, Lawrence University WI, Richmond Rasikas, Hindu Temple MN, Hindu Temple Ft.Lauderdale, SIMA Los Angeles, Veda Temple Seattle, Hindu Temple Portland, CMAI Indianapolis, with the wonderful team of Vidwans Shri VVS Murari, Shri Thanjavur Murugaboopathi, Shri KV Gopalakrishnan, Shri Ravi Balasubramanyam, Shri Ganesh Ramnarayanan. Last week in November was the beginning of the season concerts for the year in Chennai beginning with a concert for Gandharva Gana Sabha in Amabattur  followed by Bharathiyar day festivites at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and the season itself :) After wrapping up with a concert on Feb 4 for Sri Krishna Sweets at Saroj Natraj auditorium in Coimbatore 'Veenai Vithagam' a concert of Tamil songs with veteran artists Shri BV Raghavendra Rao Shri Thanjavur Murugaboopathi and Shri Ganesh Rao, I was back in the US for the next round of activities. March brought us to Schubert Club for the Courtroom Concerts, St.Cloud for the Folks and Traditional Arts grant and the Carnatic Symphony with the brilliant Vidwan KN Shashikiran and a concert that opened with athe wonderful Behaag varnam of my dear Guru Sri TR Subramanyam taught to me by dear Guru Kalpakam swaminathan at the Cleveland Aradhana. On another 'track' work is proceeding at a good clip for our new CD 'Maithree the music of Friendship' at Wild Sound Studios with the master sound engineer Steve Kaul getting ready for an October release. The preview concert of the Maithree team is on April 27 at InnFest at the Zeitgeist studios. Please do check the upcoming events tab to join me whenever possible!
    Stay healthy Stay Happy
    Posted Oct 20, 2018, 8:40 PM by Nirmala Rajasekar
  • June 2017
    Already into more than half of year 2017 and I am again amazed by how the time has flown and what a fulfilling first half it has been both on the personal and professional front!  The album 'Maithree -the Music of Friendship'  is moving forward towards the final stages of mixing and mastering.  Naadharasa students worked hard to learn 10 new compositions and perform in the 250th celebrations of the great saint composer Sri Thyagaraja as part of the Carnatic Symphony team in Cleveland OH. Shruthi's conducting of the orchestra and later on singing 'Ave Maria' as a special dedication for Easter Sunday was indeed a wonderful treat. Looking ahead to the upcoming visit to India and tours to Australia, New Zealand and the USA August through November- Do join us if possible. With His Blessings and good wishes it will go well- Until the next time take care- Nirmala 
    Posted Jun 19, 2017, 4:27 PM by Nirmala Rajasekar
  • November 2016
    Hello everyone, Hope you have all had a good 2016. Thanksgiving has just passed- I have much to be thankful for! Outside the rain falls on the grass and the air gets colder reminding me of winter in Minnesota and my upcoming journey to warmer climes. This year has seen so much already -with 'Maithree'   my new CD getting more shape and form at Wild Sound Studios with the addition of friends of the veena -  mridangam, ghatam, cello, clarinet, saxaphone, oud, guitar,djembe, bongos and more. Being part of friend Siama Matuzungidi's 'Rivers' and then getting to create my first album of collaboration 'Maithree -the Music of Friendship ' in early summer; travelling to Chennai to perform at Thanjavur Upendran Mama's Remembrance day event; visiting Chidambaram and fulfilling a lifelong dream of visiting the Cosmic Dancer Natraja in His Special Abode there, teaching at the haloed campus of the Tamil Nadu Fine arts University where my own gurus had served for many years (my Gratitude to Vice Chancellor Smt.E.Gayathri); performing in Mysore after many years in two special concerts with wonderful co-artists, celebrating Sri Raghavendra Swamy Aradhana in Chennai and Hanumanthapuram again in the company of fantastic co-artists, having an special concert at  Sacred Seven Hills Tirumala Nada Neerajanam supported by another team of top notch performers ; Returning to the US and presenting 'Song of Wonder' with collaborator David Harris at two special concerts including at the historic Sheldon Theater Red Wing; a special concert with Vidwan Thanjavur Murugaboopathi and Vidwan Ghatam Karthick at Winona State University and University of Wisconsin River Falls; presenting another avatar of Maithree at Stevens Point Wisconsin for the festival of India annual event. It has been a busy and fulfilling year and I look ahead to spending December and January in India performing at the Winter music Festival there taking in the sights and sounds of it all with my daughter Shruthi (who will join me from England) along with my parents,sister and family. I look forward to seeing many of you on this leg of the trip and wish you all a wonderful healthy joyful Holiday Season ahead! Take care!
    Posted Nov 29, 2016, 2:01 PM by Nirmala Rajasekar
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