Hailing from Bangalore and having lived for many years in London, Jyotsna is
Europe’s foremost Indian violinist. Her music illuminates Carnatic musical tradition in
Jyotsna’s musical tutelage began at home guided by her
mother, Ratna Srikantiah, a Carnatic vocalist and teacher. Dedicated from the age of
six when she saw violin legend Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan perform and was inspired
to take up the string instrument, she has not looked back since.
She trained under
musical greats including R.R. Keshavamurthy and V.S. Narasimhan, making her
professional debut at the age of nine.
Jyotsna went on to begin a successful career lending her talent to the film industry,
playing on over two hundred South Indian cinematic soundtracks.
Upon moving to
London, her work expanded to include television and festival engagements including
work for the WOMAD, BBC Proms and the Red Violin Festival. She also lectures in
music as a guest lecturer in many universities.
Currently Jyotsna enjoys a demanding career as an eminent solo musician. She has
released albums such as Call of Bangalore (Riverboat Records) in 2013 and was
praised as ‘an extraordinary and versatile violinist’ (The Guardian).
In 2014 she
released Bangalore Dreams (United Sound), in 2016 “Carnatic Connection 1” an
exotic collaboration with the 11 member Bollywood Brass Band and Nordic Raga in
Jyotsna is also the founder and curator of London International Arts Festival (LIAF)
and leads Dhruv Arts, a UK-based not-for-profit educational organisation.
career spanning 25 years Jyotsna has performed in all the major world music
festivals across European countries such as Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Denmark,
Sweden, Norway and Portugal.
Most recently, Dr. Jyotsna performed at the Commonwealth inauguration
representing India, in front of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the Buckingham
Watch Jyotsna in action here
‘Britain’s finest violinist of Indian classical music’ Time Out
'..full of delicate ornamentation' The Evening Standard
“Swedish waltzes and polkas meet Bangalore passion, grace and fire in this superb communion” The Herald, Scotland
|As a Western musician, my opinion that Indian music was too difficult vanished in my first class - that I half-heartedly and reluctantly forced myself into. Jyotsna with her knowledge of both Western and Indian Classical music systems can walk and talk you through easier routes. Many thanks.|
|I thought, violin and Indian music were too tough to start at my age. Jyotsna made it appear so easy, and I am able to put a note to a sound that I hear.|