Music by Mira T. Sundara Rajan

Mira is a classically trained pianist who has studied and performed Western classical music for more than 3 decades. Her core repertoire is Bach; the late compositions of Beethoven; works for solo piano by Brahms, Schumann, and Rachmaninoff; and a selection of twentieth-century music, including the compositions of Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera.

Mira has performed under the auspices of the Canadian missions abroad, the Goethe-Institut, the Alliance Française, and the music societies of Christ Church and St. Peter’s colleges in Oxford.

Mira plans to record all of Brahms’ works for solo piano, and she hopes to lead a team of musicians and museum experts towards the establishment of a museum for Brahms in the City of Vienna.

Mira has trained with teachers at the Royal College of Music in London, the Conservatoire National de Région de Paris, and the University of Montreal, and has participated twice in the summer festival at the Orford Arts Centre.

Music Lineage

Mira’s musical lineage can be traced to Indian National Poet and Mahakavi (“Great Poet/Composer”) C. Subramania Bharati (1882-1921), a modern classical composer in the Carnatic tradition of South India. Bharati initiated an oral tradition in his own compositions, by teaching them to his wife and two daughters. Thangammal, his oldest daughter, taught her children Bharati’s songs. Dr. S. Vijaya Bharati, Thangammal’s daughter and Mira’s mother, is the pre-eminent Bharati scholar in the world, and a singer with a lifetime of experience studying and performing Bharati’s compositions. She has recorded for All-India Radio from the age of 7, and, in live performance, has substituted for M.S. Subbulakshmi. Mira has basic training in Carnatic music, acquired from her mother, and she is engaged in building musical collaborations with the first-rank of Carnatic musicians based in India. She visits India annually for the Madras Music Festival.

Mira’s playing has been graciously described by Deepa Alexander, music critic for The Hindu, India’s national newspaper, as “much better than…perfect.”

Mira’s playing has been graciously described by Deepa Alexander, music critic for The Hindu, India’s national newspaper, as “much better than…perfect.”

Excellence in Art

Mira has pursued music as part of a larger intellectual purpose. Her background has made excellence in art a possibility, and training in the arts a must. She is a deeply committed musician who has devoted herself to the study of music as a creative and spiritual exercise.

Mira’s playing has been graciously described by Deepa Alexander, music critic for The Hindu, India’s national newspaper, as “much better than…perfect.”

Mira maintains an active schedule of performances in Europe, North America, and India.