Jyotsna Srikanth

South Indian Classical Musician, presenting high-quality digital concerts(live streaming and pre-recorded) to worldwide audience.

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Hailing from Bangalore and now based in London, Jyotsna is Europe’s foremost Indian violinist. Her music illuminates South Indian Carnatic musical tradition in kaleidoscope colour. Approaching every musical interaction with a forward-thinking outlook and elastic expressivity, Jyotsna is just as likely be found revelling in raga rotations or jamming in free jazz, often marrying the two.

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 engagements in prestigious venues & festivals of Europe.

Currently Jyotsna enjoys a demanding career as an eminent solo musician. Her album Call of Bangalore (Riverboat Records) cemented her position as a ‘major instrumentalist of vision and imagination’ (fRoots) and ‘an extraordinary and versatile violinist’ (The Guardian).

Jyotsna’s sound is distinct, mirroring her many influences. At times her tone is strong and romantic harking back to the lushly orchestrated cinematic soundtracks of her early career, at times she consciously echoes the slipping and sliding microtonal modulations of traditional fiddle players from rural Mysore where the instruments are constructed from a coconut shell and single string. At other times she strides in sixties jazz swing or winds and waxes a contemporary looping motif. Jyotsna prizes the concept of bhava (emotion), imbuing every note with audible passion and intensity.

Jyotsna teaches at many universities throughout the world and her workshops on appreciating South Indian music and comparative studies between Indian and western violin are popular.

Jyotsna presents traditional music from South India on the violin with two percussionists, We are looking for concert & workshop bookings & also collaborations with other world musicians, both online & on site.

We also want to propose an exciting project, Indian Violin concerto called Raga Seasons, composed by Jyotsna, where the 6 seasons of India as against the 4 seasons of the west. We are looking for collaborators (string quartets, string ensembles) to present Raga Seasons.

Jyotsna was selected for Womex 2017 showcase at Katowice

Jyotsna will be accessible on her email, violinjyotsna@gmail.com and her UK phone/whatsapp number 0044 7951 337 986.

***** 5 stars
Broadway Baby, Edinburgh Fringe Festival

‘...Jyotsna Srikanth is an extraordinary and versatile violinist... free-flowing, often mesmerising’
The Guardian

‘...full of delicate ornamentation’
- The Evening Standard

participating in

  • WOMEX, Digital Edition, feat. Budapest Ritmo
  • WOMEX 2019
  • WOMEX 2018
  • WOMEX 2017
  • WOMEX 2016
  • WOMEX 2015
  • WOMEX 2014
  • WOMEX 2013
  • WOMEX 2011

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