K. Sridhar

K. Sridhar


If music is the language of the soul, then the music of K. Sridhar is a rare and profound glimpse into a lifetime dedicated to the expression of divine sound. It is rare for musicans to master both the North (Hindustani) and South (Carnatic) traditions within Indian Classical Music.


K. Sridhar is one of today's finest exponents of the Sarod, a 25 stringed fretless instrument that is thought to "sing" with its incredible range of coloration and sensitive sound. His mastery has earned him the title of Sur Mani (Sky Jewel) as well as tours with Peter Gabriel's non-profit W.O.M.A.D. There's a reason why Ravi Shankar chose him as the youngest member ever of his orchestral group.

K. Sridhar descends from fourteen generations of North Indian temple musicians. From infancy, he was initiated into a highly structured form of training and later he studied under the foremost masters of the day, often practicing more than 15 hours a day. From all these influences, K. Sridhar has woven together a universally appealing sound that excites audiences worldwide.

In 1982 K. Sridhar started touring out of India and has given hundreds of concerts in Great Britain, Ireland, France, Sweden, Mexico, Denmark and the USA. Recently, on the request of his students, K. Sridhar has changed his residency to the USA where he has performed at the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery, Duke University, Chicago Cultural Center, the World Music Institute and many others.


K. Sridhar has made twelve recordings on both European, Middle Eastern, and American labels, including Peter Gabriel's RealWorld Records. He also has composed numerous soundtracks for film.


Set List

A concert of North Indian Classical Musci typically consists of the performance of two ragas, each about an hour in length with an intermission in between. Indian music is 99% improvised, based upon a melodic structure known as raga. The instrumentalist spontaneously composes the piece, at first solo and then accompanied by percussion. K. Sridhar's concerts feature extended periods that allow time to explore the many moods of a particular raga. A raga then lingers in the mind, just as a cut flower or incense perfumes a room.