Singer, Astrophysicist, Polymath.
Singer, Astrophysicist, Polymath.
© 2017 Raishma
All images created by Raishma.
All images created by Raishma.
Raishma J. Mohan-Ram was born and raised in New York. Raishma is a multi-lingual Singer who has the ability to sing in English, Arabic, French, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish and Sanskrit. In Western music she is experienced in singing Soul, Gospel, Ballads, and trained in Broadway Musicals to Opera. Nurturing artistic talents is an important part of her family legacy of worldly scholars and legends.
At the expressive age of three, Raishma held her first performance in a Christian church. The congregation were in tears and expressed to her parents of how deeply moved they were by her voice. They were in shock at the "powerful voice that this little girl produced." Word spread across holy temples in New York, Pennsylvania and Texas. Raishma had a long future developing her vocal talent while touring in churches, cathedrals and Hindu temples. At the same age, on her yellow bedroom wall, Raishma went wild in producing many drawings that had her entire family in awe. Her mother took her to the beach frequently and Raishma would never want to part with the Ocean. That was the moment when her mother knew she must nurture Raishma's gifts, when her excitement for all these things were brightly shining. Raishma's mother reached out to the founder of the Great Neck Arts Center (now known as the Gold Coast Arts Center), Regina Gil. The first class of the K-12 school was held where children painted in watercolor on the pillows that they learned to sew. Her mother then took Raishma to swim tryouts and she "moved in the water like a fish," she was spotted by a former Olympic Coach named Bob who would become a lifelong teacher. Raishma was accepted into the Fine Arts Program and her thrilling journey began alongside her competitive swim training.
"It quickly became apparent that she was an unusually talented child and she took advantage of multi-arts programs by studying art, music, dance, drama and other courses related to these art forms. She has performed from the very early age of three at Festivals of the Arts before audiences of three hundred to five hundred people, and did so with great stage presence and poise. Raishma is known to be creative, hardworking and eager to fulfill her dream of succeeding in the music world." -Gold Coast Arts Center
Raishma's Grandfather, Gobin Ram, is her strongest link to music. He is named an international Legend who was a Scholar in Sanskrit of Bengali Brahmin origins, the Minister of Culture of Guyana, and one of the first man of color to air on BBC International Radio on his show Radio Demerara: Indian Hour during the time of British decolonization. He hosted jam sessions in his home with fellow Indian singers, musicians and friends who visited him: Mohammed Rafi, Mukesh, Manna Dey, Ravi Shankar and Hemant Kumar. Raishma's grandfather trained Raishma's mother in traditional East Indian music in order to pass on the Bengali legacy of music through generations. Raishma's mother, a classical Indian dancer, is known to have "danced into the heart" of Queen Elizabeth (1966) and her audience during the Guyanese Independence from the British. Her grandparents and parents were excited about blending Indian sound with South American and Caribbean roots, being that they were surrounded with vast cultures from Reggae, to Samba, to Soca, even folk songs of the remote Amazonian tribes. Raishma's grandparents met at the BBC Radio recording studio, where her grandmother, a Kashmiri Kshatriya woman, was featured on "The Indian Hour" to sing a duet in Urdu with him; they communicated eloquently through the Sanskrit languages and she ultimately helped her grandfather rise to fame during their marriage. Her grandfather decided to stay near the Amazon Rainforest, where he felt home with the humble lifestyle of the native tribes, until his death. Raishma's grandmother moved their daughters to the heart of Hell's Kitchen, New York, where her mother became immersed in the 70's sound of Studio 54. This era became a major influence on Raishma's curiosity to create music. The vast array of musicians who inspire her are: Jeff Buckley, Jim Morrison, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Kraftwerk, Radiohead, Etta James, Billie Holiday, Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, Sade, Aaliyah, Moondog, Asha Bhosle, M83, The Weeknd, M.I.A., Dr. Dre, and Dengue Fever.
Raishma became an Alumna in the Fine Arts of the Gold Coast Arts Center School of the Arts, where she attended for twelve years. When she reached the age of fifteen, she craved for more knowledge in the Arts. It was time to learn about the production. Raishma began her college career while still in high school. She enrolled in college classes where she was accepted into an extremely competitive New York State college program for teenagers named, "College Now." She then attended courses in Media Studies, Music Production and Video Production at the Queenborough Community College and the Borough of Manhattan Community College. She graduated all of these courses with a perfect score as a recipient of the "Top Student Project" Awards.
With all this knowledge at such a young age in music, she was still rejected from the programs she applied to as a Music Degree student. Though Raishma read sheet music, was self-trained by ear in singing; college program policies refused to teach any student Music Production without Classical Music training. She took one course in Opera at City University that would change her life, but colleges only gave her the choice to study solely as a singer or not to advance in music at all. The feeling of defeat nearly overcame Raishma, especially after letting go of an opportunity to train as an Olympic Swimmer to be a Music major. Her grandmother passed away the morning after Raishma promised that she will never stop her education. All of her scholarships were pulled in her first year of college and it ignited one very angry Power Vocalist.
With the guidance of many supporters, she decided to take a break from school to travel the world and to learn more in a trip than she could ever learn in a college class. Many anticipated to see how she would develop as an artist. Her open-mindedness about the world lead her to unfounded corners of the Earth: the Amazon Basin, the Palazzos of Venezia, and the Northern Lights of the North Pole—all to pursue her passions. She made an endeavor to Venice, Italy after writing, composing and performing her first acclaimed song that she wrote at fifteen, "Sentio Lux Lucis" (Latin for 'I can feel the light'). It is an Opera piece that is dedicated to the Venetian Carnival. She performed "Sentio Lux Lucis" at numerous Masquerade Balls. In 2014, she started her career as a Recording Artist, bringing together a strong team of master composers, Grammy award-winning producers, and numerous sponsors. She continues to collaborate with other artists of many genres. She has employed musicians for her first album: from Thereminists to Organists of Ancient Cathedral Organs, and underground synth-makers of Brooklyn, where she taught herself to compose music for these artists to play on her album.
Not only is Raishma an academic beast in the fine arts, she is one in the sciences as well. Back on the winning streak, Raishma followed her family's legacy of humanism. While continuing her B.A. in International Relations at Hunter College and City University, she skyrocketed as a Model United Nations and honor student. Raishma currently volunteers her time in research initiatives of scientific innovation and the preservation of Earth's rainforests. The images shown on this site was taken by Raishma on an anthropological research project in the Amazon Basin of Ecuador.
Following a research trip in Ecuador (2013), Raishma was in a car accident that left her bed ridden for months. In her successful recovery, Raishma's doctors prescribed her with a dose of physical and mental challenges in order to become active and without pain. Their challenge was for her to do something that seemed to be impossible—to take advantage of physical vulnerabilities by strengthening her mind more than ever before. Music included. She took courses in Astrophysics with Arizona State University, MIT, University of Tokyo and University of Edinburgh. She used this time to hone in her deep interest in the sciences, strength in mathematics, to ultimately achieve stellar grades in physics through these courses. Opening this part of her mind helped her to learn how to compose music. She is now studying in pursuit of an M.S. in Astrophysics, with a focus on Energy. Raishma continues to explore her passions.
Raishma has kept her drive in Music, as she records through international borders and songwriting. The first album will be released in 2018!