MAITHREE, the music of friendship, is a testament to Rajasekar’s belief in the power of the arts to build community: “Now, more than ever, we need music to bring us together, to remember what we have in common while celebrating what makes us different.” The ensemble MAITHREE was formed when Rajasekar invited friends to play music together, each bringing expertise in different musical traditions. The music that they made forged new bonds of love and respect, and deepened their understanding of each other and their cultures. MAITHREE features original music, along with new arrangements of Indian, Irish, and Turkish tunes.
Nirmala Rajasekar has an international four-decade career as one of the leading veena players in the world. A trailblazer in the Carnatic tradition, she is an active collaborator: career highlights include the NAACP Image Award for World Music Album with Sounds of Blackness and a Carnegie Hall performance with the band ‘Butterﬂy’. MAITHREE, however, is unique. Associate Producer Gary Hines says, “These are more than just songs. They are a rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic convergence of many diverse souls and spirits into one expressive creation.”
Nirmala has begun her two-year term at the American Composers Forum as a CoChairperson of the Board of Directors. She has been serving on the Board since 2018 at ACF, a national organization for Composers and Music creators now in its 45th year. She is a vice president at the Global Carnatic Musicians Association GCMA, an organization formed in 2019 for propagating Carnatic Music and for being a unified voice of its member musicians. She is the founder of the Naadharasa Center for Music and serves as the artistic director of the non-profit organization Naadharasa whose mission is to build bridges through music.