Harini Skantharajah is a prominent young performer and teacher in the music industry. She was immersed in South Indian music from the tender age of 2 and Western music at the age of 9. Descending from a long line of musicians all hailing from South India and Sri Lanka, music is said to be in her blood and can be noticed through her musical performances. As a performer, she is currently the lead violinist and saxophonist for Megatuners and has played for many Indian playback singers and Toronto singers. She is a solo violinist and vocalist in the Carnatic music field and accompanies both vocal concerts and dance recitals.
Harini began her music career under the tutelage of her first guru and grandmother, Kalapooshanam Rajamani Singarajah She was first introduced to Carnatic style vocal, violin and veena which she adapted to effortlessly. She furthered her studies with Dr. Thillai N. Muthukumaran from Annamalai University. She had her debut concert (arangetram) in 2001 at Canada Kanthaswamy Temple in Toronto, and since then has performed on many stages in Toronto and abroad.
Harini holds degrees from York University (BFA & BEd) studying saxophone performance and Music and French education. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Ethnomusicology researching the rise of Indian popular music. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Annamalai University (B.Music - Violin) and is currently pursuing her Masters Degree. She is currently working on her Grade 10 RCM Piano under the direction of Mrs. Mary Bundy.
During her years as a professional musician, she has achieved the title of “Isai Kalaa Bharathi” from the reputable organization “Thamil Isai Kalaamanram of Ontario. She has also been awarded the Kondors Fine Arts Award (2012), Nirvan Bhavan Foundation Award (2013), Patricia and Robert Martin Award (2014) and the Shanti Chakravorty Award in Indian Classical Music (2014).
Harini is known for the emotion and musicality she brings into her playing and singing. She deeply believes in the spiritual connection that every individual should experience through his or her own discipline. Her thorough knowledge of both Western and Eastern music has made her an iconic figure in the music industry