UC San Diego's Department of Music

July 03, 2017

  World renowned sitar master, Pandit Katik Seshadri presented the musical offering to the 14th Dalai Lama during His Holiness' June 2017 visit to the University of California San Diego.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, presided over a series of events for the UC San Diego community including a public address on the RIMAC field on Friday, June 16, and the keynote speech for commencement on June 17. His Holiness' weekend culminated with a special address to the Indian Community, sponsored by the UC San Diego Chancellor's office on Sunday, June 18. Nitin Mitta accompanied Kartik Seshadri on tabla during the Musical Offering for the June 18 event.

As one of the top 15 research universities in the world and recognized for its contributions to the public good, UC San Diego partnered with The Friends of the Dalai Lama Foundation to present the two events. Founded by Ven. Lama Tenzin Dhonden, the Personal Emissary for Peace to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, the foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that oversees the creation and planning of elite and large-scale events held at public and private venues throughout the United States for the Dalai Lama.

Pandit Kartik Seshadri is a world-renowned force in the field of Indian Classical Music. As a sitarist, he attracted widespread attention when he began performing full-length solos at the age of 6 in India. The sitar maestro is now hailed as an "amazingly accomplished" musical powerhouse noted for his music's "expressive beauty, rich tonal sensibility, and rhythmic intricacy," praised the Washington Post while the Times of India (2011) noted that Seshadri's concert was "a show stopper that transported the audience to soak soul deep in his mesmerizing performance." The prestigious Songlines Magazine (UK) has in its March 2012 issue declared his latest album Sublime Ragas as one of the "Top Ten of the World's" CD's (as with his 2004 Raga:Rasa album) further citing him as one of the "world's greatest sitarist players."

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, universities and academies around the world: The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, Stanford University, the Yehudi Menuhin School of Music in Bath, U.K., and the Sangeeth Research Academy (SRA) in Kolkata, India. In 2009 Seshadri launched Raga : Rasa, Kartik Seshadri's Center for Indian Classical music and improvisation.

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