Dr Meera Rajaram Pranesh

Dr. 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 10 have completed their M.Phil and 2 Ph.D. Presently, she has 4 M.Phil and 8 Ph.D research scholars pursuing their research in music.

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

  • Managing Trustee Vanamala Center for Art and Culture®
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Performing Arts, Jain University
  • Member, Board of Studies and Board of Examiners, Jain University

In past, she had held follow prestigious offices:

  • Member and Editor Nada Nritya a Quarterly published by, Karnataka Sangeetha Nritya Academy
  • Joint Secretary and General Secretary- Karnataka Ganakala Parishath - conducted many State level Music Conferences
  • Member, Experts Core Committee for the Programs in Visual Arts and Performing Arts, IGNOU, New Delhi
  • Member, Selection committee for Chowdiah National Award, Dept. of Kannada and Culture, Govt. of Karnataka


  • B.Sc from Bangalore University 1982
  • Disciple of Vid.Sudha.V.Murthy and Vid. Rohini Manjunath in Karnatak Music
  • Secured Gold Medal in M.A (K- Music) from Bangalore University in the year 1995
  • M.Phil (K-Music) in the year 1997 on the topic The Splendour of Dr. L. Mutthaih Bhagavatar under the guidance of Vid. Rajalakshimi- Tirunarayanan and Vid. Belakawadi Srinivasa Iyengar a disciple of Muthaih Bhagavatar
  • Doctorate from Bangalore University in 2002 on the topic Musical Composers during Wodeyar Dynasty (1638-1947 A.D) under the guidance of Dr.B.M.Jayashree and Sri. B.V.K.Shastry
  • Recipient of Fellowship under the guidance of Prof.R.Satyanarayana, for the field of K-Music from Human Resource Development, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, New Delhi, for the topic Patronage given by Wodeyar Dynasty for Music in the year 1997