Born on 23 October 1921 at Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh, Shri Patraayani Sangeetha Rao received
his training in Carnatic music from his father Seetharama Shastry, and from Aakundi Narayana
He started his career as a performer at a young age, working in Telugu films as a playback singer under the music director Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao. Later, he joined the Kuchipudi Art Academy, Chennai, and composed music for dance-dramas produced by the Academy, such as Padmavathi Srinivasam, Kalyana Rukmini, Haravilasam, Siva Dhanurbhangam, Ardhanareeswaram, Sripadha Parijatham, and Gopika Krishna. As a musician of the Kuchipudi Art Academy, he has travelled extensively within the country and abroad. He has also given lecture-demonstrations at prestigious events including Festivals of India in the U.S.A., the erstwhile U.S.S.R., and Germany. Shri Rao has written several analytical articles on Carnatic music and Kuchipudi dance.
For his work in the field, he has been conferred the title Sangeetha Bhushana by the Bharathi Theertha Andhra Pradesh University. He has received the Kalaimamani title of the Tamil Nadu Eyal Isai Nataka Manram, and Ghantasala Puraskar of the Department of Culture, Government of Andhra Pradesh.
Shri Patraayani Sangeetha Rao receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Tagore Award for his contribution to music for dance.