Dr. Meera Rajaram PraneshDr. Meera Rajaram Pranesh started learning the Veena at the age of 7 from Vidwan L. Sheshagiri Rao and then pursued Karnatak Vocal music under the tutelage of Vidushi Sudha V. Murthy and Vidushi Rohini Manjunath. She received her Post graduate degree in Karnatak Music from Bangalore University and was awarded the Gold Medal in 1995. Meera has completed her M.Phil and Ph.D from the same university with her M.Phil topic being The Splendour of Dr. L. Muthiah Bhagavathar under the guidance of Vidwan Belakawadi Srinivasa Iyengar and Prof. Rajalakshmi Tirunarayanan and her Doctoral research was on Musical Composers during the Wodeyar Dynasty (1638-1947 AD) under the guidance of Sri. B V K Shastry and Dr. B M Jayashree. She was also the recipient of the Research Fellowship for the HRD, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, and completed her project under the guidance of Dr. R Satyanarayana.

She is well versed with the Performing Arts facet of Music and performs in concerts and also has a keen interest in the academic/research side of Music and has delivered several lecture demonstrations and has multiple publications under her name. Presently, she takes classes for Karnatak Vocal at Vanamala Center for Art and Culture and also teaches Musicology for post graduate students in Department of Performing Arts at Jain University and Bangalore University as a Visiting Professor. Meera is also a UGC approved Guide for M.Phil and Ph.D students where in  9 have completed their M.Phil and 1 Ph.D. Presently she has 4 M.Phil and 8 Ph.D research scholars pursuing their research in music under Dr Meera.

She has been instrumental in writing the script and directing Bhaktiyaana and Sri Chakra Darshana. Dr. Meera has also published a book viz. The Musical Composers during Wodeyar Dynasty which is an extension of Doctoral Thesis. She has also published the book titled Harikeshanallur Dr L Mutthaih Bhagavatar- A Biography.

In addition, Meera holds the following offices

  • Member – Experts Committee, Programs in Performing and Visual Arts, IGNOU, New Delhi
  • Honorary Chairperson – Department of Music, Sri Chidambara Institute for Research and Development, Chidambarashrama, Gubbi, Karnataka
  • Member– Board of Studies, Bangalore University
  • Member – Board of Examiners, Jain University
  • Special invitee Text book committee, Proficiency grade, DSERT, Govt. of Karnataka
  • Chartered Member – Rotary Club, Knowledge City
  • Former General Secretary– Karnataka Ganakala Parishath
  • Former Member Karnataka Sangeeta Nritya Academy, Govt. of Karnataka
  • Former Editor – Nada Nritya a Quarterly published by Karnataka Sangeetha Nritya Academy
  • Former Editor Ganakalasiri, Monthly journal, Karnataka Ganakala Parishat
  • Former Member – Malavalli Narayanaswamy Trust, Mysore University
  • Former Member – Board of Studies, Mysore University and Jain University
  • Former Member- Board of Examiners, Bangalore and Mysore University
  • Former Advisor of Interview Board for Program/Transmission Executive in Prasar Bharati, Govt. of India

Some of her Publications include the following

  • Biographies for Kala Chetana a comprehensive book on yester year Musicians published by Karnataka Sangeeta Nritya Academy, Government of Karnataka
  • As the editor of Karnataka Sangeeta Kalavidaru – 2 Volumes published by Karnataka Sangeeta Nritya Academy
    • Many chapters in musicology for Proficiency grade text book in Karnatak Music; Govt. of Karnataka
    • contribution of Women Musicians for the encyclopedia under publication by Hampi University
    • Belligere– Achievements of Smt.Komala Varadan & Dr.Rajashekar Mansur during their tenure as Chairman, Karnataka Sangeeta Nritya Academy
    • Articles that have been published in esteemed musical journals like Sruti, Ananya Abhivyakti, Ganakalasiri, Sangeeta Sudha, Brahma Gana Sabha, International Conference 2011- Rhythm and Melodies in World Music and 7th Music and Dance Festival and many more
    • Biography of Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar for Bharata Bharati Series, Rashtrotthana Parishath

Some of her popular lecture demonstrations with Audio Video presentations for the connoisseurs include the following

  • Sri Chakra Darshana
  • Programs on Harikeshanallur Dr L Muthiah Bhagavathar
  • Wodeyars and their Patronage to Art and Culture
  • Individual Composers during Wodeyar Dynasty
  • Evolution of Indian Music
  • Contributions of Vachanakaras and Haridasas towards social reformation
  • Philosophy and Music

She has given the lecture demonstrations at the following forums – National Seminars, Department of Kannada and Culture, International Music and Arts Society, Karnataka Sangeeta Nritya Academy, Doordarshan, AIR FM Rainbow, JSS Sangita Sabha, Mysore Maharajas College, Mysore University, Bangalore International Festival by Mantram Art Foundation, Karnataka Ganakala Parishat and others to name a few