Nirmala Rajasekar is one of the most recognized performers in the world of South Indian Classical (Carnatic) music. She began her training in this art form at age 6 and debuted as a solo performer at age 13 in Bangalore, India. She is a disciple of veteran veena Guru octogenarian Prof. Swaminathan and has had vocal mentoring under Prof.Sitarama Sarma and Prof. T. R Subramaniam.
Since then for three decades now she has become one of its best practitioners taking the music of her veena to many parts of the world with utmost dedication, passion and a deep love for the art. Nirmala’s music is marked by a repertoire which reflects her adherence to rich patanthra (lineage and heritage) of her Gurus. As a fine vocalist Nirmala has performed concerts and has been featured as the lead soloist in many musical productions. She has also showcased the two thousand year old tradition of Carnatic music and performed in collaborative setting playing and singing alongside other forms of music including western classical music and jazz. Nirmala teaches at the ‘Naadha Rasa Center for Music’ and is its artistic director. She serves as an educator on many National and State teaching rosters in the country and abroad.
Ms. Rajasekar is the first Indian classical musician to receive the Bush Artistic Fellowship.
This week, Nirmala received a $25,000 McKnight Artistic Fellowship from the MacPhail Center for Music.
Join us for a FREE concert in your area!
May 15 at 7:30 p.m.-Fosston Library Theatre
May 16 at 2 p.m.-Gonvick Community Center (Gonvick LINK Site)
May 17 at 7:30 p.m.-Fertile Library
May 18 at 7 p.m.-Ada Library
May 19 at 10 a.m.-Twin Valley Senior Center (Twin Valley LINK Site)
May 19 at 1 p.m.-Ulen Senior Center (Ulen LINK Site)
May 20 at 7:30 p.m.-Historic Holmes Theatre Detroit Lakes
May 21 at 7 p.m.-Moorhead Library
For more information about Nirmala, please visit http://www.nirmalarajasekar.com/.
Programming is supported in part with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s arts and cultural heritage.