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Jyotsna Srikanth

General Profile of Jyotsna Srikanth  -   Classical Musicians

Jyotsna Srikanth is an Indian violinist and composer, performing Carnatic music and Western classical music.Jyotsna's initial foray into music came in the film industry, playing under the direction of film composers such as Hamsalekha and Ilaiyaraaja.By her account, she has played for over two hundred south Indian films.

Following her marriage, she moved to London, where she expanded her repertoire to music scores for documentaries (on Discovery and National Geographic), teleserials, besides performing at global music events such as WOMAD, theRed Violin Festival, the Cleveland Music Festival, and the BBC Proms.

Jyotsna also performs jazz and fusion, and has set up a troupe called Fusion Dreams,. She has collaborated with the classical guitarist Simon Thacker, and the flamenco/jazz guitarist Eduardo Niebla., as well as Fado saxophonistRão Kyao.

Jyotsna has lectured on comparative techniques between the Indian and western classical violin at University of Cambridge and Liverpool University.

She established a foundation Dhruva to help upcoming Indian artistes to perform in the United Kingdom,as well as raise funds for charity.

In 2012, she organised the London International Arts Festival, a series of concerts of Carnatic, fusion, folk and Balkan music, as well as dance performances from Cyprus and India.

Jyotsna continues her Carnatic music career as a soloist and as an accompanist, and has performed with masters such as Dr M. Balamuralikrishna, Kadri Gopalnath, and N. Ravikiran.

Srikanth specialises in the following Indian composers: Thyagaraja, Purandara Dasaru, Papanasam Sivan, Annamacharya, Muthuswami Dikshitar, Shyama Sastri and Mysore Vasudevachar

 
Family Background

Jyotsna Srikanth was born in an Andhra musical family in BangaloreIndia. Her mother, Ratna Srikantaiah, is a Carnatic musician and teacher.Jyotsna is a practising pathologist, having received MBBS and Post-Graduate degrees in Clinical Pathology from Bangalore Medical College, India. She is married to K.V. Srikanth Sharma, has two children and lives in London.

Musical Training

Jyotsna's music training began with Carnatic vocals at age five under her mother. It was a rigorous programme of coaching, with practice for six hours daily, and the attendance of concerts during the festival periods.

At the age of six, she attended a violin performance by the virtuoso Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan, which sparked her own interest in the instrument. She began training under R. R. Keshavamurthy, a doyen of classical Indian violin. Her first solo concert was at the age of nine.

Jyotsna recognised the necessity of learning the western classical style of violin in order to become a complete violinist, and began her training in this genre at the Bangalore School of Music. For more advanced training, she went toChennai to study with V.S. Narasimhan, a solo violinist who works with the notable Indian composer Ilaiyaraaja. She achieved her grading from the Royal School of Music, London.

Educational Qualification & Sports

Professional Exams in Indian classical Music - KSEEB AIR A graded. Musician ABRSM - Grade 8 Western Violin
Fellow of Indian Music from the Trinity college of Music, London. Diploma in Indian Music & Director of Dhruv Arts