Rajna Swaminathan is an acclaimed mrudangam artist, composer, and scholar. Described as “a vital new voice” (Pop Matters), Rajna’s creative trajectory blossomed through a search for resonance and fluidity among musical forms and aesthetic worlds. In 2013, she founded the ensemble RAJAS, writing expansive, boundary breaking music for herself and like-minded improvisers. Rajna’s debut album with the ensemble, Of Agency and Abstraction (Biophilia Records, 2019), received much critical acclaim. Rajna holds degrees in Anthropology and French from the University of Maryland, College Park, and is currently a doctoral candidate in Music (Creative Practice and Critical Inquiry) at Harvard University.

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Rajna Swaminathan

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