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Nivedita ShivRaj, vocalist and veena player is a composer, performer, teacher of carnatic music. She composes original music and authors carnatic music instruction books. She presents music concerts and workshops, and teaches music (both vocal and veena) in USA, Canada, Australia and UK.

Anita’s Way concerts - Carnatic Raga Duet

Friday, September 11, 2015; 12noon

Anita's Way,
the through block connecting 42nd & 43 rd street and between Broadway & 6th Avenue. New York.

Nivedita ShivRaj- Veena
Marcus Cummins - Saxophone

Nivedita ShivRaj and Marcus Cummins explore carnatic ragas, a journey through carnatic, jazz and western improvised styles.

Nivedita & Marcus have been performing together on Charanams, the world music band from more than 5 years. They blend different styles of music crossing boundaries to present unique and exotic music.

Anita’s Way concerts is hosted by Exploring the Metropolis, in conjunction with chashama.


Anita's Way

Exploring the Metropolis

Past Performances

The Delightful Festival: Asian (Indian) Delights

June 12,2015; Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, NY

Venkateswara Brahmotsavam

May 30,2015; Sri Maha Vallabha Ganapati Devasth‹nam, NY

Om Namo Narayana - a thematic concert presented by Nivedta ShivRaj with RagaChitra Ensemble

SUNY,Potsdam, NY

March 15,2015; Suny,Potsdam NY

Past Performances

The Ultimate Concert-Charanams

Friday, July 22, 2011;
Venue: The Greene Space

Event Details


Wednesday, July 27, 2011;
Venue: Central Park/ Mainstage, Rumsey Playfield

Event Details

Charanams wins the Ultimate Battle of the Boroughs!!

If you missed the show, you may watch the video below or at: www.wnyc.org/thegreenespace

Charanams wins Queens Battle of the Boroughs!!

Audio of Charanams' performance at the BoB

MP3 audio of the performance (7MB)

Judges' Appreciation for Charanams

MP3 audio of Judges' appreciation (5MB)

Charanams Band

Charanams on Facebook

Nivedita ShivRaj's composition premiered in Athena Festival

Details here...

Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at 1:30pm
Venue: Performing Arts Hall (PAH)
Murray State University, Kentucky.

Nivedita ShivRaj's composition Infinite Dhwani premier's in 60x60 Athena Mix at Athena Festival in clebration of Women History Month at Murray State University, Kentucky.

Vox Novus and the Athena Festival hosted by Murray State University invited composers/sound artists to submit recorded works 60 seconds or less in length to be included in the ninth annual 60x60 project, the Athena Mix. 60 compositions were selected from 200 international submissions to be played continuously in a one-hour concert. Submissions for the 2011 Athena Mix included submissions from women all over the globe, including submissions from New Zealand, Italy, the Americas, Ukraine, Germany, Spain, Greece, the United Kingdom, and Taiwan. 60x60 is a one-hour-long show made by sequencing 60 pre-recorded pieces by 60 different composers, each piece a minute in length or shorter. Highlighting the work of a great many composers, 60x60 testifies to the vibrancy of contemporary composition by present a diverse array of styles, aesthetics, and techniques being used today. 60x60 has received thousands of submissions from over 30 countries, produced radio shows, created multimedia and multidisciplinary events, and released several albums.

Listen to "Infinite Dhwani"Infinite Dhwani mp3 audio.

More about Athena Mix.

Con Edison Musicians Residency

Flash - Nivedita ShivRaj won the Con Edison Musicians Residency Composition Program. Nivedita ShivRaj was a resident composer at the historic Flushing Town Hall from May 2009 to July 2009. She presented a concert of her new compositions at Flushing Town Hall. Press Release

Nivedita ShivRaj in Residence at Flushing Town Hall Composers' Spotlight

Concert at Flushing Town Hall

Visit Flushing Town Hall for concert Details

This concert was supported by the Con Edison Musicians Residency Composition Program, a program of NYC Performing Arts Spaces, made possible with support from Con Edison. Additional support has been provided by the Amphion Foundation and the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation.

Upcoming Performances Click here for info.


Two carnatic compositions of Nivedita ShivRaj has been selected for 60x60 - an international music project containing 60 compositions from 60 different composers, each composition 60 seconds in duration. The selected 60x60 compositions will be played worldover and published as an album. Over 2,000 composers submit music for 60x60 project! Visit: 60x60 for details.

Nivedita ShivRaj is the first and the only carnatic musician of 60x60 project!

Nivedita's 60x60 Compositions:

● Listen to "Rain Dance" - a premier of a forthcoming album. Rain Dance - veena - audio (mp3)

● Listen to "Day Break" - a premier of a forthcoming album. Day Break - veena - audio (mp3)

Veena Vibrations

New album of Nivedita ShivRaj -- Melodious tunes on the veena for meditating minds! Relax. Meditate. Practice Yoga. Traverse across the inner self. Click here for info.

Nivedita ShivRaj: Veena Vibrations

Individual Artist Award

Nivedita ShivRaj has received the Individual Artist Support award (2008) of the NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs by the Queens Council on the Arts!

SwaraRagaSudha Concert


● Nivedita composes original music for vocal and veena performances. Click here to listen to some of her works...

Click here to watch some videos of her performances...

Past concerts

●Nivedita ShivRaj presents "Veena Ensemble" - an ensemble of veenas on June 21st 2009, in Make Music NewYork. Details here...

Nivedita ShivRaj presents "Ranjani Mala" - an exclusive classical concert of Ranjani ragas. Details here...

● Nivedita ShivRaj's soulful music fills the auditorium of Kingsborough Community College. Details here...


Nivedita ShivRaj co-produces the Telivision show, "RagaChitram" - an exclusive show for classical music and dance of India.

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