Born and raised in Bengaluru, Bharathi Prathap was initiated to Carnatic classical music at the age of seven, by her parents. Encouraged by her uncle, Bharathi switched over to Hindustani classical music. She has been groomed under the guidance of the late Pt. Maruti Rao Inamdar, Davangere, and the late Pt. Rama Rao V. Naik, in Bengaluru who was a doyen of the Agra Gharana.
She is also trained in Bhavageethe & Vachana gaayana by the late Sri H.K. Narayana. Bharathi’s immense passion for music, inspired her to give up a career as electronics engineer in HMT and take up music as her main pursuit.
Bharathi’s musical career took a significant leap after she came under the tutelage of Vidushi Lalith J Rao, an outstanding exponent of the Agra-Atrauli Gharana.
Vidushi Lalith Rao has been giving her intensive training in the various aspects of the traditional Agra gayaki since 2000.
A trip to France by the Guru and her protégé for a concert and recording in Radio France is an important milestone in her musical journey. Bharathi was the recipient of the Daughter’s Day Award-2015 instituted by the Public Relations Council of India, in memory of Late Kalpana Chawla.
She was conferred with the title ‘Ganashree’ and was a recipient of the prestigious ‘Sri Guru Puttaraja Puraskara-2017’ by the Gana Gandharva Kala Trust-Gadag. She was the recipient of Rageshree Puraskar-2020, instituted in memory of Pt. G.R. Bhat, Balegadde. She was also conferred the title ‘Raga Ratna’ by Ragamitra Pratishthana of Sirsi.