Vishakha Hari is a Carnatic music vocalist and proponent of Harikatha, a form of Hindu storytelling. She is a mentor dedicated to instilling art and creativity within the education of children, who she believes are the torchbearer of culture.
Vishakha Hari’s dad, Santhanam, is a contracted bookkeeper. Her mom, Vijaya Santhanam, finished examinations in science and followed a profound master, Sri Paranur Krishna Premi (Srisrianna), who later turned into Visakha Hari’s father by marriage. Her more youthful sibling Saketharaman is likewise a Carnatic music entertainer. Vishakha Hari got formal Carnatic music preparing from Lalgudi Jayaraman from the age of 6 and Bharata natyam preparing from Sudharani Raghupathy. She had no conventional preparation in Harikatha. Her initial and elaborate preparation in traditional music has assisted her with conveying the quintessence of old Indian texts in an articulate way. Viskha Hari concentrated on trade and finished capabilities as a contracted bookkeeper. She likewise got an All India First in Quite a while, and is an Academician. She wedded Sri Hari, a Harikatha type, and when she was 22, her father by marriage urged her to recount stories during her melodic exhibitions.
Starting around 2006, Vishakha Hari has acted in a few sabhas during the Chennai Music Season. A craftsman of All India Radio, she has given talks and shows abroad. Vishakha Hari additionally infrequently performs with her better half, Sri Hari, who utilizes his English artistic foundation to enhance her kathakalakshepam exhibitions. She has additionally performed on Jaya television. Vishakha Hari performs Harikatha on different themes In light of Srimad Ramayanam, Srimad Bhagavatham and Skanda puranam. She additionally performs from Srisrianna’s works, for example, Sri Vaishnava Samhitha; Sri Brindavana Mahatmyam; Divya Desa Vaibhavam; Harikatha Amritha Lahari; Sri Bhakthapurisha Stavam; Sati vijayam, Shatakams and Keerthanas. She presents Harikathas in the story Tamil or English, and the tunes are from different dialects including Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Hindi and Sanskrit. Her scope is wide because of her exhibitions outside Chennai in English. She has additionally delivered six DVDs.
Vishakha Hari is dedicated to passing on the great qualities and dharma of Indian custom to people in the future. She established the Vijayashri School of Harikatha in February 2020 to rouse understudies to seek after Harikatha as their professional subject. She has helped raise assets for different causes, including Disease patients for Vasantha Commemoration Malignant growth Community, unique kids impacted with Down disorder, simple-minded patients, heart patients at Narayana Hrudayalaya, destitutes and vagrants at Sai Samskrutalaya, at Prathyarpana Establishment, and Rama sanctuary at Delhi.
Awards and recognition
She has received medals, prizes and other awards for her contributions to the Harikatha and Carnatic music fields.
- Received the Vasantashreshtha, that is the ‘woman par excellence’ award, from the hands of her music guru Sri Lalgudi Jayaraman and the Thyagarja Pratidhwani or ‘echo of Thyagaraja Swami’ title from her spiritual guru and father-in-law Sri Krishna Premi Swamigal.
- Smt Vishaka hari was awarded Dr. M.S. Subbulakshmi Centenary Award at a ceremony in Mumbai Sri Shamukhananda Fine Arts and Sangeetha Sabha on 13th of September 2016.She is one amongst seven of India’s most-respected women artistes.
- On 20 November 2016, Bharitya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai decorated Smt Vishaka Hari with the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award by the guest of the day Infosys chairman, R. Seshasayee.
She has also spoken on “Role of education in international development” at the U.K House of Commons.