Nithya Rajendran Music lies at the very heart of life and existence. At the seat of creation, lies rhythm and the primordial sound. When music touches a person, whether he or she is a lay listener, a connoisseur, an instrumentalist, a percussionist, a singer or a musicologist, it bestows a bliss that cannot be captured in words.

Nithya Rajendran was born into a musically inclined family. Her grand uncle, the distinguished Guruji. A. S. Raghavan, made history with his music compositions for the famous collection of Tamil devotional poetry called Thirupuggazh. His compositions are sung far and wide across the world today. Hailing from a family of connoisseurs and performers of music, understandably led to exposure to music at a very early age for Nithya. She has not looked back since, as music progressively carved a deep niche in her voice and heart. Music has retained a very special place in her life notwithstanding various other pursuits and achievements, including securing qualifications in Economics and Mass Communication, working with leading advertising agencies for many years and pursuing an active career in photography.

She now has over twenty years of learning behind her. She is a versatile classical vocalist who has had intensive training in both styles - Carnatic and Hindustani classical music. She has many accolades and performances to her credit. Her deep passion for music has now expanded from performing to educating through teaching and workshops, and also to exploring the therapeutic and spiritual potential of Indian classical music.

Qualifications and achievements
  • Nithya Rajendran Nithya Rajendran is a classical vocalist trained in Carnatic and Hindustani music, and has undergone over twenty years of learning from eminent gurus. She has given music performances at various prestigious forums, and has also performed thematic concerts presenting the same raaga in both the Carnatic and Hindustani styles.
  • Her performances include concerts at Shanmugananda Hall (Essar and Padma Ranga Hall) in Mumbai and concerts organized by Indian Music Group, Chembur Fine Arts Society, World Vegetarian Congress, Nada Sudha Sabha, TTD Sabha, Krishnapriya Music Circle, Bharat Kalachar (during Margazhi Mahotsav, Chennai) etc. Nithya has also been invited as a judge for various prestigious musical forums, including state and district level competitions and for cultural events of leading schools and colleges.
  • Nithya was Mumbai university’s top rank holder with distinction in the two-year course in Hindustani Classical Music. She also has many years of private training under eminent gurus in both styles (see the “Guru Parampara” page). Incidentally, Nithya is a Graduate in Economics and holds a Masters in Communication. In addition, she also holds a diploma in Photography and in Multimedia.
  • Nithya holds a certificate in Music Therapy from Nada Centre For Music Therapy, Chennai, and is on their roll of honour. She has a deep fascination for the therapeutic potential of music, and has incorporated some of these techniques in her teaching experience to help people in stress or in physical difficulty. She shares a close professional association with T.V. Sairam, a pioneer in the field of music therapy in India, and is on the board of examiners for the distance learning program of the Nada Centre for Music Therapy. Nithya Rajendran
  • She has received numerous scholarships and awards for Carnatic classical music, including the prestigious Bharat Kalachar scholarship and Central Government scholarship from the Centre for Cultural Research and Training (CCRT). She held these scholarships for numerous years.
  • In her early years, she received numerous prizes and awards for Carnatic classical music and also for light classical and film music. She represented her state twice at the national level and won the national prize for light classical music in a competition held by the Sangam Kala group. She led her school's bhajan group to an enthralling national level victory of the Bhaktaswara Bhajan Mandali's all-India final competition. She won the national integration award from her school for her contribution to music. In her collegiate years, she led many cultural music programs, and groomed many of her fellow students and juniors.
  • As part of her desire to nurture a love for music in the younger generation, Nithya has also conducted workshops for music appreciation for children and college students and has successfully inculcated interest and curiosity towards classical music in her audiences.
  • Nithya is a qualified photographer and juggles a parallel career in portrait photography. Access her professional photography website at www.facesnfacets.com
  • Nithya has a deep interest in spirituality and the connection between music and spirituality. She writes about related topics in her blog, www.soulspillsover.blogspot.in. Nithya is also on the panel of writers contributing to the spiritual wellness magazine Life Positive.