Praveen D Rao

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Praveen D Rao
Born June 2nd
Occupation Multi-Instrumentalist, Music Composer, Lyricist

Praveen D Rao is a noted Indian Music director and a lyricist for Kannada language Songs with an International Reputation based in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. He is also a multi-instrumentalist. He plays Keyboard, Tabla and many more instruments. He was trained by Pt. R. V. Sheshadri Gawai of Aravinda Sangeetha and Tabla Maestro Pandit Ravindra Yavagal. Praveen has composed music for many theatre works, ballet, films, television and various Jingles.

Music Direction[edit]

Some of his serials are:

• SANGHATANE - directed by veteran film director Sri Bhargava • 67 HARRIS ROAD • VASANTHA GAANA • NIGHUDA JAGATTHU - directed by Sri Amardev • SRI RAMAKRISHNA PARAMAHAMSA - directed by Sri Praveen Nayak • CHANDAMAMA CHAKKULIMAMA • CHANDRABIMBA • SAHANA • BELADINGALAGI BAA • LAALI - directed by Sri A.G. Sheshadri • ASARE • ANTHARAGANGE • SANJE MALLIGE • MUKTHA (telefilm) - directed by Srinivas Prabhu • ARDHASATHYA • GODHULI • TULASI - directed by Sunil Kumar Singh • KAPINIPATI • VENKATA RAMANA GOVINDA • BADUKU - for Nagendra Shah • SEETE - directed by Ashok Kashyap • GUPTAGAAMINI - directed by Ramesh Kumar • RED BOX • MAATAGAATHI • SANTHELI MANE • AADIMANASSILLADA MARGA • KACHERI KANDA • TUNTURU • ANKURA • SHIKARA • SHIVA LEELAAMRUTHA • SHIVA CHARITHAAMRUTHA • GANGOTRI • LAKUMI • GAALIPATA • KALYANA REKHE • BOMBEYAATAVAYYA

Some of his films are:

• Z - for Praveen Nayak • SUMANGALI - A.G.Seshadri • NANAGE NEENU NINAGE NAANU -for Anitha Subramanya • STUMBLE - for Prakash Belawadi.(won the National Award for Best English Feature Film of the year 2002) • KANAKAMBARI - for Dinesh Babu • CHITRA VICHITRA - for Sushma, Akanksha Combines • DILDAARA directed by Amar ∗ MANTHANA by Srinath Vasistha ∗ MANA MANTHANA by Suresh Heblikar

Performances[edit]

Praveen D. Rao has performed at various National and International music and dance festivals like PATTADAKAL FESTIVAL, NAVARASPUR FESTIVAL, LORD MAYOR'S CULTURAL EVENT 1994 (BIRMINGHAM), WORLD VEERASHAIVA CONFERENCE 1997 (U.S.A.), WORLD KONKANI CONFERENCE 2002(TEXAS), SOORYA FESTIVAL, NISHAGANDHI FESTIVAL etc. He has toured all over India and abroad performing and conducting workshops. CANADA - with Smt. Maya Rao (1992).- with Sampradaya Dance Creations, Toronto(2005) UNITED KINGDOM - with Chitraleka Dance Company: • JANAPADA (1993) • PANCHATANTRA (1994) • KAISHIKI (1995) • STORY OF 'C' (2003–2004) • TEARS OF FIRE (2006)-with Moby Duck Theatre company: • MAZE MAKER (Mar 2004), • BOPOLUCHI (Nov 2004), • FIRE GIRL (Jan 2005), • BLOODHANDS (Aug 2005) • GRANNY VAMPIRE (Aug 2006)

 U S A - with Smt. Beena Badami (1997).
       - with Sri. Puttur Narasimha Nayak (2002)

Lyricist[edit]

He has written many songs for albums and for films. His recent lyrics for the 'The Guinness World Record'[why?] and 'The Limca Book Of Record'[why?] movie Police Story 3 (2011 film)–Manassina Kavyada for Music Director Sagar S's composition was critically acclaimed.[citation needed]

Other Activities[edit]

He is the founder of an event management NGO 'Prakruthi', that believes in working towards a greener INDIA by bringing people out of their self-centric hibernation into its lush green parks. Prakruthi also believes in working towards creating awareness among people about the Kannada literature and the culture of Karnataka through music. The Prakruthi Team organizes musical programs all over the state.

Felicitations and Awards[edit]

• ARYABHATTA AWARD - 1998 • ARYABHATTA AWARD - 2000 • ARYABHATTA AWARD - 2010 • SWARAMANDARA AWARD (HOMBALE) - 1998 • SWARAMANDARA AWARD (HOMBALE) - 2000 • G.V.ATHRI AWARD(UPASANA) - 2000 • SILICON JAYCEES AWARD - 2003 • Best music director award for ‘Guptagamini’, an Etv Kannada Tele Serial

Other Works[edit]

As a composer, Praveen has created a style of his own in creative music. Over the last fifteen years he has composed scores for theatre, ballet, film and television. Praveen Rao scored the music to noted film maker Sri M. S. Sathyu's short film NAMAK KI KANKARI in the year 1996. As an arranger, he is known for his creativity in fusing Hindusthani music, Carnatic music with western techniques and has arranged background scores for various films for acclaimed music directors like Vid. Lalgudi G.Jayaraman, Vid. L.Vaidyanathan, C.Ashwath etc. He has also had the privilege to work with great theatre personalities like Sri A. S. Murthy, Sri B. V. Karanth, B. Jayashri etc. Praveen has been involved in the Physical theatre scenario in various capabilities. He has been a musician, composer, actor and also directed loads of plays. He has acted in quite a few daily soaps on Television like Asare, Tulasi, Manvantara, Muktha etc. to name a few.

He was commissioned by SAMPAD, UK to compose music for 'MOVING EARTH' a dance and music production featuring 240 dancers from the UK as part of the 2012 London Olympiad.

He is presently touring as a part of CHAKRAFONICS a world music band which caters to a wide spectrum of genres from Indian Classical Fusion to World music. Chakrafonics toured the USA in 2014 starting with the AKKA conference in SEPT 2014, San Jose, UK in OCT 2014 and Australia in 2015.

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