Rangashree Varadarajan at Bohemian Caverns, Washington, DC
Smt. Jayashree Varadarajan and Rangashree Varadarajan
Rangashree Varadarajan is a dynamic performer, composer, and innovator in the field of Carnatic (South Indian classical) music. She comes from a lineage of distinguished musicians, most notably, her great-grandfather, late Sri. G. Vedanta Iyengar, and her teacher Sangeetha Vidushi Smt. Jayashree Varadarajan, Founder/Director of Sri Rama Lalitha Kala Mandir School of Fine Arts (Sunnyvale, CA) (http://srirama.net). Rangashree’s early training in Carnatic violin was in the legendary Lalgudi tradition under Smt. Srimati Brahmanandam and Smt. Anuradha Sridhar, Founder/Director Trinity School of Music. Additionally, Rangashree is an accomplished western violinist trained in the Suzuki style under James Xuan and jazz vocalist. By age 16, Rangashree was deemed a promising young vocalist and violinist with fluidity and maturity beyond her years and her performances to date continue to earn her critical acclaim. Her performances and experiences span continents including prestigious concert halls such as Carnegie Hall (USA), the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage (USA), Nada Brahma Sangeeta Sabha (India), Gayana Samaja (India), and Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana (USA), and several TV programs and radio stations to name a few.
Rangashree is also passionate about impacting her community through music. In 2006, Rangashree spearheaded a project through the Davis Honors Challenge, UC Davis, in conjunction with their School of Education and developed an after school music education program in arts-funding cut schools in the Sacramento, CA area. In 2008, Rangashree merged her passions for music and science as the Principal Investigator of a research study at Georgetown University Medical Center studying the effects of music on side effects of chemotherapy in pediatric patients. She often composes music for instrument ensembles, collaborates with renowned musicians across genres, mentors rising musicians, presents benefit concerts for various charitable organizations, and accompanies performances around the US. Rangashree continues to make the pure art of Carnatic music accessible and interesting through jugalbandhis, workshops, presentations and active involvement in organizations such as the well-known Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth (SPICMACAY).
Rangashree’s drive to make a difference in the lives of those around her continues beyond music. She obtained a Bachelor of Science from UC Davis in biology and a Master of Science degree from Georgetown University in physiology and biophysics with an emphasis in complementary and alternative medicine. She worked for a number of years as a scientific researcher in the field before completing her Doctor of Medicine degree from St. George’s University in 2014. Rangashree currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Varada Innovations, which strives to drastically improve major soft tissue surgeries through novel technologies and surgical tools and works at the Johnathan Kagan Lab at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard University in innate immunity.