Artiste of the Month - August 2019
Kartik Seshadri is a world-renowned sitar virtuoso, composer and educator. He was hailed as a child prodigy in India by critics and prominent musicians when he began performing full-length solo recitals at the age of six. His initial training in music began with Shri Shankar Rao of All India Radio, who nurtured his talent. Seshadri had already embarked on an illustrious performing career when in 1965 he met the renowned maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, who was to be a profound musical influence in his life. In 1974, Seshadri became a disciple of the maestro and has since been receiving talim steeped in the distinctive and pure styles of the Senia, Beenkar and Dhrupad traditions. Seshadri has toured worldwide with his Guru and is considered as his foremost protégé.Seshadri`s performances are noted for their expressive beauty, rich tonal sensibility and extraordinary rhythmic intricacy. He performs extensively in his homeland and around the world, including the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, Australia, Mexico and the Middle East. He has played at prestigious venues and events ranging from Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the Melbourne International Arts Festival in Australia, the Brighton Festival in U.K., the Ravinia Festival, the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City to the Sangeet Natak Akademi, Dover Lane, ITC, Gunidas and Saptak Sammelans in India, to name but a few. In 2005 and 2010, Seshadri collaborated with prominent composer Philip Glass and the Brazilian instrumental group UAKTI on the critically acclaimed Orion project.Seshadri is also a distinguished composer and educator of Indian Classical Music. While his Quartet for a Raga was premiered under the auspices of the Contemporary Music Forum in Washington D.C., 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 in the USA at the University of California, San Diego. He has been invited as a distinguished guest faculty member at various conservatories and universities around the world: the Banff Center in Canada, Stanford University to the Yehudi Menuhin School of Music in Bath, U.K. In 2009 Seshadri launched Extemp, his academy for Indian Classical music and improvisation.Seshadri`s two latest recordings Raga: Rasa- That which Colors the Mind and Illuminations recently earned the prestigious Songlines Magazine`s (London) `top of the world` list and special acclaim as `sitar at its lyrical best`.