Vishaka Hari

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Vishaka Hari
Visakha Hari at a concert in Bengaluru in 2016.
Visakha Hari at a concert in Bengaluru in 2016.
Background information
BornMay 21st 1981 (Age 39)
GenresIndian classical music

Vishaka Hari is a Carnatic music vocalist and proponent of Harikatha, a form of Hindu storytelling. She is a chartered accountant by education. She has a son , Rajagopala Hari(b.2007)

Early days[edit]

Vishakha Hari learned Carnatic music under the Carnatic violinist, Padma Vibhushan Sri Lalgudi Jayaraman. Her spiritual guru and father-in-law is Sri Sri Krishna Premi Swamigal (Sri Sri Anna).[1][2] She learned the art of Harikatha from her husband, Sri Hariji, an experienced Harikatha exponent who delivers discourses in Tamil, English and Hindi.

Musical career[edit]

Vishaka Hari has performed in several sabhas during the Chennai Music Season since 2006.

Vishaka Hari occasionally performs with her husband, Sri Hari (son of Paranur Mahatma Krishna Premi Anna), who uses her English literary background[citation needed] to supplement her kathakalakshepam performances. Her brother, Saketharaman, also a disciple of Sri Lalgudi Jayaraman, is also a Carnatic musician. An artist of All India Radio, she has given discourses and concerts abroad.

Vishaka Hari learned Bharatha Natyam from prominent dancer, Professor Sudharani Raghupati.[2] Smt. Vishaka performs Harikatha on various topics Based on Srimad Ramayanam, Srimad Bhagavatham and Skanda puranam. She also performs from Srisrianna's works such as: Sri Vaishnava Samhitha; Sri Brindavana Mahatmyam; Divya Desa Vaibhavam; Harikatha Amritha Lahari; Sri Bhakthapurisha Stavam; Sati vijayam, Shatakams and Keerthanas.

Awards and recognition[edit]

She has received many prizes and awards for her contributions to the Harikatha and Carnatic music fields.[according to whom?]*

  • Received the Vasantashreshtha, that is the 'woman par excellence' award, from the hands of her music guru Sri Lalgudi Jayaraman and the Thyagarja

Pratidhwani or 'echo of Thyagaraja Swami' title from her spiritual guru and father-in-law Sri Krishna Premi Swamigal.[3]

  • Smt Vishaka hari was awarded Dr. M.S. Subbulakshmi Centenary Award at a ceremony in Mumbai Sri Shamukhananda Fine Arts and Sangeetha Sabha on 13th of

September 2016.She is one amongst seven of India's most-respected women artistes.[4]

  • On 20 November 2016, Bharitya Vidya Bhavan,Chennai decorated Smt Vishaka Hari with the 'Lifetime Achievement' award by the guest of the day Infosys

chairman, R. Seshasayee.[5]


  1. ^ "The raconteur's raga". 23 May 2008. Retrieved 29 July 2018 – via
  2. ^ a b "From commerce to katha". The Hindu. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Soulful Tunes - Indian Express". 24 January 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  4. ^ "7 women get M.S. Subbulakshmi Awards". The Hindu. 14 September 2016. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Bhavan's cul-fest opens to a full house". 21 November 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2018.