- Origin Story (Who We Are)
Ragam and Layam are the two most important aspects in Carnatic Music. They enable the artist to paint a beautiful picture in the audience’s mind. That is the essence of what Smt.Lasanthi Rajkumar has been teaching her students since 1998. Smt.Lasanthi Rajkumar began her teaching career in Sri Lanka, she later established Raghalhaya Fine Arts of Ontario in Canada, in the year 2001. Raghalhaya Music Academy teaches Caranatic vocal, violin, veena and Pannisai. Ragahalhaya not only encourages the learning of traditional Caranatic music but also brings in a modern twist. As a school Lasanthi Rajkumar was a pioneer in arranging an orchestra composed of her violin and veena students to perform at various events. This enables the students to grow as artists and learn more about the culture behind Caranatic Music. As a school Ragahalaya cultivates amazing students starting from beginner level to teacher’s grade.
- About the Guru
Smt. Lasanthi Rajkumar is a versatile teacher and performer. Born and brought up in Manipay, Jaffna. Smt. Lasanthi Rajkumar received her early training in the divine art of Veena from her gurus Smt. Lalitha Ratnajothi, Smt. Arunthathi Sriranganathan and Smt. Sundari Jeyasundaram. She learned Carnatic vocal from Shri. Iyakannu Thesikar, Smt. Chandrika Ganeshparan and Shri. Pon Suntharalingam. She learned violin under the guidance of Shri. Iyakannu Thesikar and Shri. Venkateshwara Sharma. She has received pannisai training from, Smt. Shyamala Shanthabhavan and Chandrika Ganeshparan.
Smt. Lasanthi Rajkumar completed teachers grade in vocal, violin and veena and was awarded the title “Sangeetha Kala Vithakar” for all three arts by the “North Ceylon Oriental Music Society” in 1994. She is also well versed in Flute, Guitar and Keyboard. In 2007 during an exceptional performance for the ‘Abiramy Pattar’ she was awarded the title “Innisaivaani” by Shr. Varasithi Vinayagar Temple in Canada. Smt. Lasanthi Rajkumar is also the founder of “Raghalaya Fine Arts of Ontario” which gives students the opportunity to learn vocal, violin, and veena. She has performed on many stages and has been an accompanying artist for many concerts across Toronto.