Nirmala Rajasekar | Music

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Nirmala-by Cindy Moy 2013.jpg

Nirmala Rajasekar | Music

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Nirmala Rajasekar is a renowned veena player, vocalist and composer of Carnatic music, an ancient art form from South India. Nirmala is one of the few practitioners of Carnatic music living in the United States and she has been praised world-wide for her talent and artistry.

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Residency

Carnatic Music: The Classical Music of South India

I have been teaching for 25 years now. It is a joy to teach and share this tradition of Carnatic music and be a part of the transfer of its beauty and knowledge to others in the same way I learned it by the oral tradition. I teach in schools, colleges and universities in America, Europe and Asia, and work with about 30 students every week at my studio.

In my classes, students will experience this 2000 year old musical form from South India through the subjects of history, geography and even math. They will get to appreciate the value of something ancient and its relevance in today's world. They will also see and understand that music is a universal language. In a residency model they will be challenged to create their own piece of Indian music. The final performance of the residency will highlight elements of Carnatic music, of its rhythm and power of emotional expression.

Curricular connections:

  • Experience some 2-3 languages of India, including the ancient language of Sanskrit in which the music has been composed
  • Learn the origin and location of the music in South India
  • Math and science elements are taught in the creation of note patterns and lessons on rhythm
 

Performance

Carnatic Music: The Classical Music of South India

Listen to Nirmala sing and perform classical Carnatic music. Nirmala demonstrates and performs on the Saraswathi veena, a seven-stringed lute from South India. Nirmala explains India’s musical history and concepts such as raga (melody) and tala (rhythm). The performance is accompanied by a percussionist on the tabla drum from North India.

 

Note: Ideal for grades 2-12

Workshop

Carnatic Music: The Classical Music of South India

Participate in counting patterns, Indian history and geography lessons during this music workshop. Learn some cultural similarities and differences in the arts while experiencing Carnatic music first-hand.

 

Note: Ideal for grades 2-12