Nivedita ShivRaj

Nivedita ShivRaj is talented carnatic music professional and hails from a family of musicians. She is the great-granddaughter of Puducherry Rangaswami Iyer - a great music composer honored by the King of Venkatagiri. Nivedita ShivRaj was initiated in carnatic music by her maternal grandmother, Smt. A.Saraswathi - a vocalist and a violinist. She started learning Veena when she was five years. Her paternal grandmother Smt. Kokilamba was also a talented vocalist.
Nivedita is the disciple of renowned musicians Shri. Thanjavur Lakshmanan and Shri. V. Raghavan. She has also taken advanced lessons from Dr.Chittibabu. She has been performing for more than 20 years, in various sabhas, temples and cultural organizations in India and the USA. She was an All India Radio artiste. She has won many medals and prizes in various competitions. She was the first Indian musician to be featured in the Spiral Music series of the Rubin Museum of Arts, New York. Nivedita is a recipient of the Queens Arts Fund by Queens Council on the Arts.
Nivedita ShivRaj – Part 2

We checked in with Nivedita ShivRaj for more insight into her artistic endeavors. What are some highlights of the past year? Leading a veena ensemble concert with ten veenas at the Flushing branch of the Queens Library for Make Music New York, and an individual grant award from QCA for 2013. In 2011, a really […]


Meet Nivedita ShivRaj

Meet Nivedita ShivRaj, a Flushing-based musician who hails from Chennai, India. A composer who plays the veena, a South Indian string instrument, Nivedita is also a teacher, trained Bharathanatyam dancer, and through Queens Council on the Arts, a recipient of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Greater New York Arts Development Fund for Individual Artists. […]