Rama Mani – A Distinguished Vocalist
Rama Mani finished her Masters in music with distinction in 1977 from Bangalore University. She is the vice-principal of the Karnataka College of Percussion. She is an outstanding vocalist, a much sought after performing artist, a demanding teacher and a brilliant composer. Blessed with a rich and mellifluous voice she sings with spontaneity and mastery over rhythm and melody. She specialises in vocal improvisations, complex rhythmic patterns and in Konnakol the traditional percussion language. She is a rare artist who has achieved the distinction of presenting a composition simultaneously set to two different rhythmic cycles. She has boldly experimented with the Western forms of music and has composed several melodic and rhythmic experimental pieces. She is the first carnatic vocalist to have performed with national and international jazz bands.
The Karnataka Gana Kala Parishat conferred Rama Mani with the award Ganakalashree. She is also the recipient of a number of awards which includes the Gayana Laya Samrat and Kala Tapasvi. Rama Mani and TAS Mani have performed with leading artists of western music at major international festivals. Together they have conducted many music workshops in the different parts of the world.