Dr Meera Rajaram Pranesh

Dr. Meera Rajaram Pranesh started learning the Veena at the age of 7 from Vidwan L. Sheshagiri Rao and then pursued Karnatak Vocal music under the tutelage of Vidushi Sudha V. Murthy and Vidushi Rohini Manjunath. She received her Post graduate degree in Karnatak Music from Bangalore University and was awarded the Gold Medal in 1995. Meera has completed her M.Phil and Ph.D from the same university with her M.Phil topic being The Splendour of Dr. L. Muthiah Bhagavathar under the guidance of Vidwan Belakawadi Srinivasa Iyengar and Prof. Rajalakshmi Tirunarayanan and her Doctoral research was on Musical Composers during the Wodeyar Dynasty (1638-1947 AD) under the guidance of Sri. B V K Shastry and Dr. B M Jayashree. 
She was also the recipient of the Research Fellowship for the HRD, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, and completed her project under the guidance of Dr. R Satyanarayana. 
She is well versed with the Performing Arts facet of Music and performs in concerts and also has a keen interest in the academic/research side of Music and has delivered several lecture demonstrations and has multiple publications under her name. Presently, she takes classes for Karnatak Vocal at Vanamala Center for Art and Culture and also teaches Musicology for post graduate students in Department of Performing Arts at Jain University and Bangalore University as a Visiting Professor.

Meera is also a UGC approved Guide for M.Phil and Ph.D students where in 10 have completed their M.Phil and 2 Ph.D. Presently, she has 4 M.Phil and 8 Ph.D research scholars pursuing their research in music.

She has been instrumental in writing the script and directing Bhaktiyaana and Sri Chakra Darshana. Dr Meera has authored the book viz. The Musical Composers during Wodeyar Dynasty which is an extension of her Doctoral Thesis. She has also authored the book titled Harikeshanallur Dr L Mutthaih Bhagavatar- A Biography
In addition, Meera holds the following offices.

  • Managing Trustee Vanamala Center for Art and Culture®
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Performing Arts, Jain University
  • Member, Board of Studies and Board of Examiners, Jain University

In past, she had held follow prestigious offices:

  • Member and Editor Nada Nritya a Quarterly published by, Karnataka Sangeetha Nritya Academy
  • Joint Secretary and General Secretary- Karnataka Ganakala Parishath – conducted many State level Music Conferences
  • Member, Experts Core Committee for the Programs in Visual Arts and Performing Arts, IGNOU, New Delhi
  • Member, Selection committee for Chowdiah National Award, Dept. of Kannada and Culture, Govt. of Karnataka

Education

  • B.Sc from Bangalore University 1982
  • Disciple of Vid.Sudha.V.Murthy and Vid. Rohini Manjunath in Karnatak Music
  • Secured Gold Medal in M.A (K- Music) from Bangalore University in the year 1995
  • M.Phil (K-Music) in the year 1997 on the topic The Splendour of Dr. L. Mutthaih Bhagavatar under the guidance of Vid. Rajalakshimi- Tirunarayanan and Vid. Belakawadi Srinivasa Iyengar a disciple of Muthaih Bhagavatar
  • Doctorate from Bangalore University in 2002 on the topic Musical Composers during Wodeyar Dynasty (1638-1947 A.D) under the guidance of Dr.B.M.Jayashree and Sri. B.V.K.Shastry
  • Recipient of Fellowship under the guidance of Prof.R.Satyanarayana, for the field of K-Music from Human Resource Development, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, New Delhi, for the topic Patronage given by Wodeyar Dynasty for Music in the year 1997

Achievements

  • Given Vocal Concerts and Lecture demonstrations
  • Conceived and directed a musical program Bhakti yaana comprising the Compositions on Lord Narayana. The thematic songs beginning with a Suprabhata, continues on the routine chores, concluding with a lullaby to the Almighty, taking audience on a journey of devotion.
  • Conceived and directed a musical program Swara Madhuri comprising rare Jathi swaras and Swarajathis
  • Talk on Yantra- Mantra- Tantra in Karnatak Music compositions in Shankara Channel

Research

  • The Splendor of Music during Wodeyar Dynasty on Music and Dance – 4th International Conference (ICMD) 2017, Indiranagar Sangeetha Sabha
  • Harikeshanallur Dr L Mutthaih Bhagavatar as Kathakalakshepa Artist – Journal – Sant Bhadragiri Achyutadas Memorial National Seminar on Katha Keertan- Vanamala Center for Art and Culture
  • International Conference 2011 – Rhythm and Melodies in World Music and 7th Music and Dance Festival- Chikka Devaraja Wodeyar- the Royal Composer
  • Melakarta Ragas and Mysore Composers – Souvenir Sri Thyaga Brahma Sabha, Tanjavur

Below listed are the published articles and papers of Dr Meera Rajaram Pranesh

English Publications

  • Glimpses of royal patronage – Wodeyars, The patrons of music- Sangeeta Sudha
  • Dr.L.Muthaih Bhagavatar- Sangeeta Sudha – Tribute to great masters
  • Sangeetha Gangadhara of Kalale Nanjaraja – Vishruta
  • Veena Shamanna – Sangeeta Sudha – Tribute to great masters
  • Harikeshanallur Dr.L.Muthaih Bhagavatar’s Compositions – A Retrospect- Sangeeta Sudha
  • Harikeshanallur Muthaih Bhagavatar – A Versatile Personality – Brahma Gana Sabha, Chennai
  • Melakarta Ragas and Mysore Composers – Sangeeta Sudha
  • Belakawadi Srinivasa Iyengar – Sruti
  • Rajalakshmi Tirunarayanan – Gunagrahi
  • Sangita Gangadhara – Sangeeta Sudha
  • Origin of Kathakalakshepam in South India , Ranga Kirtana
  • Veena Subbanna – 150th Birth year celebrations – 23rd Taalavadyotsava – Percussive Arts Centre
  • Kanteerava Narasaraja Wodeyar II- Composer of Yakshaganas – Sangeeta Sudha
  • Melakarta Ragas and Mysore Composers – Souvenir Sri Thyaga Brahma Sabha, Tanjavur
  • International Conference 2011- Rhythm and Melodies in World Music and 7th Music and Dance Festival- Chikka Devaraja Wodeyar- the Royal Composer
  • Harikeshanallur Dr L Mutthaih Bhagavatar as Kathakalakshepa Artist- Journal – Sant Bhadragiri Achyutadas Memorial National Seminar on Katha Keertan – Vanamala Center for Art and Culture

Kannada Publications

  • Dr. L.Muthaih Bhagavatar – Ananya Abhivyakti- Vishaya vyakti
  • Belakawadi Srinivasa Iengar – Ganakalasiri – Nenapinangaladinda
  • Interviewed Dr.T.Shachidevi for Ananya Abhivyakti
  • Mysore Wodeyaru mattu Karnataka Samskriti- Research Paper-Mysore Wodeyaru mattu Shastreeya Sangeetha
  • Tiger Varadachar- Biography of Musicians- Kala Chetana- Karnataka Sangeeta Nritya Academy, Govt. of Karnataka, Bangalore
  • R K Narayana Swamy – Biography of Musicians- Kala Chetana- Karnataka Sangeeta Nritya Academy, Govt. of Karnataka, Bangalore
  • Belakawadi Srinivasa Iyengar (Sr.) – Biography of Musicians- Kala Chetana- Karnataka Sangeeta Nritya Academy, Govt. of Karnataka, Bangalore
  • Belakawadi Srinivasa Iyengar (Jr.) -Biography of Musicians- Kala Chetana- Karnataka Sangeeta Nritya Academy, Govt. of Karnataka, Bangalore
  • Goutam M R – Biography of Musicians- Kala Chetana- Karnataka Sangeeta Nritya Academy, Govt. of Karnataka, Bangalore
  • Written for Belligere – Achievements of Smt.Komala Varadan and Dr.Rajashekar Mansur during their tenure as Chairman, Karnataka Sangeeta Nritya Academy
  • Authored biography of Sitar maestro Pandit Ravishankar for Bharata Bharati series published by Rashtrotthana Parishat, Bangalore

Selects of Reports published in Sruti

  • Young Musicians Dazzle – Gunagrahi
  • Flute treat at Music meet – Ganakalasiri
  • KGKP Confest 2000 in Bangalore – Sruti
  • Transition in Teaching of Music, Focus of Music – a Symposium in Bangalore- Sruti
  • KGKP’s young Musicians Conference – Sruti
  • KGKP’s Annual Confest in Bangalore – Lakshminarayan Honored – Sruti
  • KGKP’s Annual Confest in Bangalore – R.K.Padmanabha Honored – Sruti

Multi-Media

  • Released 2 hour Documentary Sri Chakra Darshana a DVD explaining Sri Chakra through Sri Muthuswamy Dikshitar’s Kamalamba Navavarana Kritis in Kannada and English versions
  • The Documentary Sri Chakra Darshana was selected for International Online Film Festival- Spirit Enlightened 2013 hosted by Culture Unplugged

Ongoing Activities

  • Organizing a bi monthly program Bharatiya Samskriti Darshana- a series of Lec dems on Indian Art and Culture by eminent scholars

Honours & Facilitations

  • Receiving Doctorate from the then Governor Chaturvedi, Vice Chancellor Prof. M S Timmappa
  • Honored by Rani Vijaya Devi sister of His Highness Jaya Chamaraja Wodeyar in International Music and Arts Society
  • Honored by His Highness Shivaji Rajah T. Bhosle, Prince of Tanjavur in Mysore during Veena Shamanna’s Centenary celebrations
  • Honored with the award Shastra Koustubha by Ananya GML Cultural Academy, Bangalore