Kannada Sangeetha

The Royal Patronage that was not meant to be
In 1937, the Brothers were invited to perform for a private audience with the Maharaja Sri. Nalvadi Krishna Raja Wodeyar, a highly reputed music connoisseur himself. The performance was greatly appreciated and hope of a Royal patronage was once again rekindled.  As it turned out, once again, it was not meant to be.

Kannada Sangeetha
Fortunately for us, disappointed as he was, Raja Rao was not disheartened. It is during this phase of his life that we see the emergence of a visionary as well, along side a   naturally gifted creative artiste. Raja Rao engaged himself in performing, teaching, experimenting and mastering the nuances of Sangeeta Shastra (Musicology). He applied himself to the cause of Kannada Sangeeta. Antoher dimension of his creativity, that of a vAggeyakAra Raja Rao, also evolved in this phase of his life.

In documenting the history of Carnatic music in Karnataka, Raja Rao’s contributions stand out in two main areas – First, his sincere attempts in promoting Kannada Sangeeta, in the form of his pioneering work of setting musical notations to hundreds of compositions of Haridasas and Shivasharanas, and secondly, during a time when Sangeeta Shastra text books in Kannada language were unavailable, Raja Rao took it upon himself to write, and to publish text books in Kannada.   
A long association with the prestigious Kannada Sahitya Parishat had begun, and the Parishat published Raja Rao’s first collection of Haridasa’s Kritis as early as 1942 (Raja Rao was 33 at that time). Celebrated Kannada writer and poet Dr. D. V. Gundappa sought Raja Rao’s help to popularize his monumental work Antahpura Geetegalu, and Raja Rao set musical notations to selected pieces and popularized them.

Additional Haridasa Kritis, Shivasharana Kritis and Basavanna Vachanas were set to musical notations and published by Kannada Sahitya Parishat.  

Raja Rao continued as a performing artiste, Teacher, Researcher and Author. Recognizing the lack of texts in Kannada language pertaining to Sangeeta Shastra, Raja Rao authored and published Sangeeta Shastra Saara and Sangeeta Shastra Chandrike. These two pioneering books are, to this date, much sought after, and are seeing reprints on a regular basis.  
Bangalore University published another pioneer work Bharatiya Sangeeta Vaadyagalu, a treatise on musical instruments of India (1969).
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