"The opener, mridangam master Rajna Swaminathan’s local sextet Rajas, landed soundly on the promise side. Her pieces for violin, horns, percussion guitar and her own deft drumming wedded beauty by courting chaos, with the methods of loose-knit latter-day jazz at the service of a recognisably south-Asian melody and pulsE."
- Apollinaire Scherr
Financial Times, Drive East, La Mama, New York - review
"...Rajna Swaminathan’s mridangam accompaniment shone forth. Rajna’s soft and sensitive fingering technique on the mridangam was an attraction which no one could deny. Training under the legendary Umayalpuram Sivaraman, Rajna is one of the most promising female mridangam artistes we have on the music and dance scene."
- Veejay Sai
Narthaki.com, Review: Madras Music Academy Dance Festival [full article] Performance with Mythili Prakash (bharatanatyam)
"The young Rajna Swaminathan gave percussive support in a measure that far surpassed one's expectations, judging from her mien and tender age. Her anticipation during the kriti phase as well as her tani avartanam in Adi taalam was a picture of aesthetic beauty. Her mridangam virtually spoke the sollus or sahityam. A veritable baala vidushi!"
- P.S. Krishnamurti
The Hindu, Friday Review (Chennai) [full article]
Concert at Music Academy with Sandeep Narayanan
"From the very take off, the mridangist’s calibre was evident. Rajna’s mridangam was outstanding throughout. She accompanied the music with anticipation giving enough fillip to the concert."
- Kripa Subramaniam
The Hindu, Music Season (Chennai) [full article]
Concert at Music Academy with B. Vijayagopal
WRitings & INTERVIEWS
Author: Rajna Swaminathan
May 2, 2015
Author: Sumana Ramanan
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February 12, 2015
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Editors: Payal Chhabria & Akhila Krishnamurthy
October 9, 2013
Author: Sushma Somasekharan
June 28, 2013
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April 20, 2012
Author: Mary Clare Fischer
Article about Rajna and Anjna Swaminathan
September 9, 2009
Author: Jeanette Der Bedrosian
December 12, 2008
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