Harini Rao is making waves with her hit playback song “Oka Lalana”, from the Telugu movie Jyo Achyutananda.
This was her big break in the commercial music industry, and the people of Tollywood (Telugu Film Industry) cannot stop raving about her. This song is a favorite in all radio channels, have been viewed over 120 thousand times in youtube (just the official link).People have loved it!
Blank Slate Chronicles got a chance to talk to her and get to know about her journey thus far. Here is a glimpse for all of you:
Musical way of life:
Harini had shown a flair for music even as a toddler. Her mother, who is immensely passionate about music, immediately put her under strict vocal classical training. Harini recollects that it wasn’t a “cool” thing to pursue while at school, but she kept going. Her guru, Smt Swati Phadke, is known for her discipline and immense knowledge, and she helped Harini stay focused on her pursuit.
While academics did take a front seat for few years, Harini realized soon enough that music was meant to be. So she returned and how!
Creative in many ways:
Music has since remained Harini’s anchor. But, her creativity has not remained contained in the art form. She started terracota jewellery design company, Hearth Treasures after quitting her full-time corporate job in 2009.
Harini says “ I am fascinated by jewelry. I wear my earrings unabashedly. Even as a child, I’d break earrings to re-assemble them with other things. I took to terracotta because the medium was limitless and the jewelry looks fabulous. I started it out as a hobby and as I said H’earth helped me with career and life choices!”
At the same time, she does not intend to make it a full-time business. She lets her creativity take over, while the logistics part is managed by others in her family.
Harini feels getting training from a guru like Smt Swati Phadke is a blessing. And she has taken it upon herself to give back. Her idea is to spread all that her guru has taught her.
She says, “I started Raageshree Foundation and Academy recently to promote the cause of preservation and endorsement of t classical art forms. Inspired by my guru Smt. Phadke and Maha Guru Pt. Vishnu Digambar Paluskar, Raageshree is a forum for performances, workshops, classical art learning, listening, viewing, and appreciation.”
Although she has had the initial taste of success, Harini considers her musical journey to be in its infancy. She wants to up the ante. “I believe that opportunities come by when one works towards their art with love and passion. I just want to achieve that highest love, and I want to be lost in my art a little more. Who knows where that’ll take me in the years to come! I’m sure that that is a good place! :-)”.
Her live classical performances are also getting critical acclaim, and it seems the “entire universe is conspiring to help her in her musical adventure!”
Team Blank Slate Chronicles wishes Harini all the best. We wish to hear more and more of her in the years to come!
Image Source: Harini’s facebook account with permission.
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