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Rao Lalith

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Lalith Rao

is the doyenne of the illustrious Agra-Atrauli Gharana. Leaving behind a lucrative engineering career, she took to Hindustani classical music as a full-time pursuit and became one of its ace performers. She was groomed by Ustad Khadim Husain Khan, the acknowledged doyen of the Agra-Atrauli Gharana and one of the finest teachers of the last century. She has been a regular concert artiste for over three decades and has performed in important musical events all over India and undertaken several concert tours of the US, Canada, UK and Continental Europe. She is a top grade artiste of the All India Radio and has regularly performed on radio and television for many years. She rendered several hundred traditional Ragas and compositions of the Agra-Atrauli Gharana in a unique Archival Project for the Ethno-Musicology Department of the University of Washington in Seattle, USA. She was the first Chief Co-ordinator for a Ford Foundation Archival Project of the Sangeet Research Academy of Calcutta for two years. She has to her credit over a dozen very popular commercial albums brought out in India by HMV, Magnasound, Sony Music, etc. and two abroad by Navras Records of London and Ocora Radio France of Paris. Recently she choreographed, along with her disciples, ‘Agra Gharana – Ek Vatavriksh’ which traced the history and evolution of the Agra Gharana, and which was hailed by the cognoscenti as one of the best presentations ever on a Gharana. Although she has stopped giving public concerts because of a voice problem, she regularly gives erudite Lecture-Demonstrations on various aspects of Hindustani classical music. She has been honoured with lifetime achievement awards from prestigious music organizations.