Jayachandra Rao

A unique pearl explored in the deep oceans of musical art. An expressive artist who dedicated his life to the world of rhythm is Mridangam Vidwan Sri K. U. Jayachandra Rao. He is a person of fine aesthetics and precision. His devotion to the art and persistence towards perfection has taken him to the posse of elegant artists. His poise attitude and electrifying magic on stage mesmerizes his audience. It seems like rhythm resides over his palms.

Jayachandra Rao, a Master’s degree holder in M.Sc. (Bio Science), hails from a family of musicians. His father, Prof. K. Raghavendra Rao, is an accomplished flautist and his mother K. R. Prema Rao is a violinist. Jayachandra started learning Mridangam at the age of 5 under Vidwan Trichur E. P. Narayan Pisharady and later received advanced training under the tutelage of Palakkad T. R. Rajamani, son of legendary Mridangam Maestro Palakkad T. S. Mani Iyer. He has learnt flute from his father and is working towards achieving a higher melodic virtuosity. Jayachandra’s wife Kanchana S. Shriranjani is a well known classical singer.


An enchanting personality in the world of Carnatic music, an eminent figure of grace and precision is Kanchana S. Shriranjani. She has been one of the most consistent singers in her field and has won the hearts of many by her immaculate style and fine aesthetics. Shriranjani, hails from a highly respectable family, which is renowned for patronage of music, for charity and benevolence. Sri. Kanchana Venkataramanayya, her great grandfather was a great patron of Yakshagana, Harikatha and Music. His spouse, Smt. Anandalakshmi was a renowned Veena and Leg Harmonium Maestro.

Shriranjani has performed in different parts of England and in prestigious places and sabhas of different parts of the country. Her performance in the South Zone Cultural Centre added glory and novelty to the show. She has also orchestrated some of the best musical projects like “Vachana Viveka”, “Sri Thyagaraja - Sita Kalyana” etc. The intricate and scholarly “Avadhana Tala Pavis” rendered by her, were recorded to be preserved in archives of famous music institutions and universities.

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