Roopa Mahadevan

Roopa Mahadevan is a versatile vocalist grounded in the Carnatic (South Indian classical) tradition. Born and raised in Northern California, she received major training in Carnatic vocal music under Asha Ramesh of the D.K. Jayaraman bani and later, through the U.S. Fulbright scholarship, trained in Chennai, India under Suguna Varadachari, of the Musiri Subramania Iyer tradition. Roopa has performed in prestigious venues such as the Music Academy during the December music festival in Chennai and the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana, which titled her “Kala Ratna” for her commitment to Carnatic music as a young American. Roopa was an inaugural 2013 fellow of IndianRaga and is a regular instructor for IndianRaga Labs. Roopa has also trained in Bharathanatyam under Indumathy Ganesh (disciple of Chitra Visweswaran), is a sought-after vocalist for Bharathanatyam (South Indian classical dance), and enjoys performing R&B/soul music and theater. Roopa has had the privilege of performing in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Hollywood Bowl. She was the lead soloist for a track on the 2010 Grammy Award-winning album Calling All Albums. Roopa works in public health policy in the New York City Area, while passionately pursuing her professional artistic career with equal vigor.

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