Grammy Nominated and BMI 2016 Pop Song Writer Award Epic Recording Artist
Svetha Rao, professionally known as Raja Kumari ('The daughter of the king’ in Sanskrit), is an Indian American songwriter and recording artist from Claremont, California. Kumari is best known for her collaboration with notable artists including Gwen Stefani, Iggy Azalea , Fifth Harmony ,Knife Party, Fall Out Boy , and Timbaland. She is also notable for receiving as a songwriter, the BMI Pop Awards in 2016, being nominated to a Grammy award in February 2015, and featuring on BBC Asian Network program with Bobby Friction.
6 songs on Gwen Stefani's "This Is What The Truth Feels Like"
"Centuries" for Fallout Boy
"Set Me Free" from Baz Luhrmann's Netflix series The Get Down
Feature on "Mirage" from Lindsey Stirling's #1 album "Brave Enough"
Raja Kumari is out with her newest single “Mute,” which premiered in Paper Magazine. The music video for “Mute,” her first, shows her on rooftops in LA, smoking with her crew, and wearing an American flag like a dupatta, an Indian head wrap.
Raja says she wanted to show what it was like growing up in California while being true to her roots.
“Mute” features vocals from Elvis Brown, one of Raja Kumari’s long collaborators and friends, and produced by Danish producer Jules Wolfson.
Curry Sauce, Vol. 1 Mixtape
Raja Kumari explores the fusion of Indian classical rhythms and trap music with her bold re-imagination of ASAP Ferg, Young Thug, and Future records.
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Kumari holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious studies, with an emphasis on South Asian religions. She is an Indian classical dancer who started dancing at the age of 7. During her artist career, she has contributed to several philanthropic activities through her performances including the creation of a hospital in Bangalore and a meditation hall in South India for the Vegesna Foundation, a school for physically disabled children. As a result, Kumari has been recognized as a benefactor by the “Foundation for Indic Philosophy and Culture (Indic Foundation)” and has been honored with the Kohinoor Award for excellence in the Classical Arts by the Governor of Tamil Nadu.