Biography

Rajamani’s natural talent for music was passed on from his family. Rajamani grew up singing and playing instruments at his family daily prayers and was encouraged early on by his family to continue developing his musical talents.

While going through college in New York, Rajamani took western classical voice lessons and performed in many choirs and orchestras (notably The New Found Sound – directed by Shirley Gutmann) while singing Broadway show tunes at lavish Long Island weddings and events. He trained under Snighdha Mishra for Hindustani and Bamathi Sudharshan for carnatic classical vocal music of India. Rajamani studied tabla at an early age. His most recent tabla guru is tabla Pandit “Aloke Dutta”.

Rajamani worked in the United Nations Romani Congress under Hungarian Roma “Shandor Balogh” in guidance of Romani Scholar and Romani UN Ambassador Dr. Ian Hancock. He lived in Greece and Israel working with Romani and Dom communities while taking time to learn Middle Eastern music with the nomadic Bedouins in the Negev desert of Israel.

“Flamenco India” is Rajamani’s unique and innovative creation. Rajamani’s experience in flamenco comes from years of performing and spending time around Flamencos -notably Maestro Arturo Martinez who christened Rajamani into the world of flamenco.

Rajamani was very fortunate to receive a scholarship to attend the well known “Kodaikanal International School” in South India as well as “Friends World College” an international Quaker education program operating out of New York.

Kodai school changed Rajamani’s whole life and set him on a unique path. Kodai school’s international staff and student body widened Rajamani’s musical and worldly mind. Here he studied Western classical music, performed in many jazz ensembles, rock bands, and choir -under the guidance of Keith Dejong, Alfred and Bonnibell Pickard, Peggy Jenks. He also toured in southern India as a teenage rock drummer playing with Canadian travellers John and Sandra Holmes in their group “Giant John and The Texas Bull Frogs. Friends World College allowed Rajamani to travel around the Globe and study as an apprentice under professional musicians, human rights activists, environmentalist, sociologists, and spiritualists. The “Kodai” and “Friends” education prepared Rajamani for his journey as a pioneer of cultural music guiding him musically, culturally, linguistically, and spiritually to connect with audiences globally.