1948, Female , Indian , Executive Director, Sampradaya
Geetha Rajagopal’s tryst with south Indian classical music began during her formative years in Bangalore when she quickly picked up the subtle nuances of this rich art form. She moved to Chennai after her education where she began a distinguished professional career that spanned teaching, animal rights awareness, writing (in leading journals) and finally her passion – Carnatic music. In 2000 she took over as Director of “Sampradhaya,” one of the world’s rich Carnatic music archives, and revitalized the organization with a series of programmes and workshops. She also embarked on an ambitious Sangeet Natak Akademi’s research project that put the spotlight on music tradition in south Indian temples. She has travelled extensively across south India to gather insights for her research project and continues to be actively involved with south Indian art forms and culture in her administrative role with the National Folklore Support Centre, Chennai.
Meritorious Award from Rotary District for Community Service (Environmental Education)
Senior Fellowship – Sangeet Natak Academy
Ministry of Culture & Tourism India for Music Rituals in Temples of South India
First Lady to be Inducted in Rotary Club of Anbatur (was active Rotary member for 10 years).
Mentor (nominated) in Byst – Affiliated to C.I.I.
(Hon.) Homane Education Officer of Annal Welfare Board of India.