oliver rajamani

Rajamani studied tabla at an early age, most recently studying under guru Pandit “Aloke Dutta”. He took western classical voice lessons and performed in many choirs and orchestras (notably The New Found Sound – directed by Shirley Gutmann). He trained under Snighdha Mishra for Hindustani and Bamathi Sudharshan for Karnatic classical vocal music of India.

He started painting early in childhood, with guidance from his mother as they painted on Indian sarees.

Rajamani worked in the United Nations Romani Congress under Hungarian Roma “Shandor Balogh” in guidance of Romani Scholar and Romani UN Ambassador Dr. Ian Hancock. Rajamani lived in Greece and Israel working on Romani and Dom community situations while taking time to learn Middle Eastern music with the nomadic Bedouins in the Negev desert. While in Greece, he studied the origins of Buddhist art which sprang from the Ghandara and Taxila Indian art schools, created by Greek artists living in ancient India during the era of Alexander the Great.

Rajamani’s experience in flamenco comes from years of performing and spending time around Flamencos (notably Arturo Martinez).

He attended the “Kodaikanal International School” in South India, where the international staff and student body widened Rajamani’s musical horizons. He studied Western classical music, performed in many jazz ensembles, rock bands, and choir and toured in southern India as a rock drummer playing with Canadians John and Sandra Holmes in their group “Giant John and The Texas Bull Frogs. During his tenure at Friends World College in NY, Rajamani traveled the globe working with professional musicians, human rights activists, environmentalists, sociologists, and spiritualists.  

His paintings have been exhibited in Texas and New York.