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“Padmini Rao has kept her musical passions alive by performing regularly all over the world and spreading the musical heritage and khayal."
By Priyadershini, The Hindu, 4th October 2010

Hindustani classical singer Padmini Rao talks about her musical lineage, values and teaching.
“I will show you the path but you have to find the lanes,” said her guru, Ustad Zia Mohiuddinn Khan Dagar to classical Hindustani singer Padmini Rao. And that's what the shishya has been doing - finding the different musical lanes. Padmini who performed recently at Abad Chulikkal, at a concert conducted by ‘Musical Meet' and ‘Shudh Kalyan', has been away from India for the past 23 years. She has kept her musical passions alive by performing regularly all over the world and spreading the musical heritage of dhrupad and khayal. ....more

"Padmini Rao is now acknowledged as one of the most gifted voices to emerge from the Kirana gharana, a style that has produced such legends as Pandit Bhimsen Joshi and Gangubai Hangal."
Suchitra Lata in The Hindu, July 18, 2002

When Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar asked Padmini K. Rao to go look at the moon, she unquestioningly did so. The next day he explained a musical nuance she will never forget......more

"Spare artists the worry of bread to promote arts": Padmini  Rao
By Shalini Benipuri

New Delhi, Feb 2 (UNI) Having been trained under one of the most revered names in classical music, Padmini K Rao has been one of the destiny's chosen few. Coupled with a banker husband and supportive family who did not grudge her 'riyaz' time, she never had to worry about earning her bread or make small compromises to make ends meet. Yet, with the extra sensitivity of an artist, she knows what it means to an artist to constantly worry about the family and finances. ''I wish there was more patronage for artists, so that they did not have to worry about keeping the home fire burning,'' Padmini told UNI here. ''It harms music in the long run,'' she added ruefully. ....more

Padmini Rao takes Music abroad
By PTI -
Apr 19, 2004, 13:29

She could well have become a research chemist or even an actress, but it was music that she chose for a vocation, and now, despite living abroad, Padmini Rao has emerged as one of the most promising classical singers of the Kirana Gharana.
Based in New York, Rao, who has made a mark in Khayal singing, admits that being away from India has meant not being able to interact with her gurus as much as she would like to.
But she has turned the handicap into an advantage by performing all over the world and was recently in India as part of a global tour. Having already performed in the US and the UK on the tour, Rao held concerts in New Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai....more

Music wherever she goes - by Anita Nair
12 Dec 2006 [Bahrain Tribune]

“There were days when I used to get up at 3 am to practice and then rush around to prepare everybody for office and school”. It is a classic story of a talented woman’s life; juggling many responsibilities, being a wife and mother and holding tight to the artistic side that nurtures her.

They are the words of Padmini Rao, a renowned Hindustani vocalist who is performing in Bahrain after a gap of 12 years. Known for her musical prowess, Padmini infuses her music with a rare passion and has left no stone unturned to achieve the position she so rightfully deserves....more

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