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Kalaimamani Srimushnam Raja Rao

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He has an illustrious musical lineage and belongs to a family dedicated to music for four generations. He had his initial training from his father Sri Venkataramana Rao and continued under the tutelage of Kumbakonam Sri Rajappa Iyer. Starting from the age of 7, he has for more than 45 years, captured the hearts of music lovers all over with his versatile and masterly performance on the mridangam. His artistry and consistent technical perfection has made him a leading mridangam artist of the carnatic music stage. He is a great exponent of the morsing and kanjira also. Raja Rao is a top ranking artist of the All India Radio and has accompanied all the top musicians in concerts all over the world. A recipient of numerous awards, he is also a composer and has composed kritis and thillanas in telugu and kannada languages. Raja Rao has trained many students in mridangam and vocal music in India and abroad, keeping his rich heritage alive for future generations.