Kartik Seshadri is a world-renowned force in the field of Indian Classical Music. As a sitarist, he attracted widespread attention when he began performing full- length solos at the age of 6 in India. The sitar maestro is now hailed as an “amazingly accomplished” musical powerhouse noted for his music’s “expressive beauty, rich tonal sensibility, and rhythmic intricacy,” praised the Washington Post while the Times of India (2011) noted that Seshadri’s concert was “a show stopper that transported the audience to soak soul deep in his mesmerizing performance.” The prestigious Songlines Magazine (U.K.) has in its February 2012 issue declared his latest album “Sublime Ragas” as one of the “Top Ten of the World’s ” CD’s (as with his 2004 Raga:Rasa album) further citing him as one of the “world’s greatest sitar players.”
A multifarious confluence of musical influences, Seshadri has trained with legendary sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar and is considered his foremost protégé. In 2005 and 2010, Seshadri collaborated with prominent composer Philip Glass on the critically acclaimed Orion project. Seshadri performs extensively in his homeland and around the world ranging from venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the Melbourne International Arts Festival in Australia, to the Dover Lane, ITC, Sawai Gandharva and Saptak Sammelans in India to name but a few.
Seshadri is also a distinguished composer and educator of Indian Classical Music that includes his Quartet for a Raga and his latest “Concerto #1 for Sitar and Chamber Orchestra” received its world premier last October in San Diego.
As an educator Seshadri heads one of the largest programs of Indian Classical Music at the University of California, San Diego besides being regularly invited as a distinguished guest faculty member at various musical establishments around the world such as the Banff Center, the Sangeeth Research Academy, (Kolkata), Stanford University and the Yehudi Menuhin School of Music. Most recently Mr. Seshadri launched Raga : Rasa ~ Kartik Seshadri’s Center for Indian Classical and Improvised Music.