Sitar maestro Kartik Seshadri returns to Centre with “intensely beautiful” music

Posted by Centre News in Campus, Music, News, Performing Arts 29 Sep 2014

shartikReturning to Centre College as a Visiting Humana Scholar October 6-9 is world-renowned sitar musician Kartik Seshadri.

Born in India, Seshadri is one of today’s leading forces in Indian classical music. He has been captivating audiences since the age of six, when he began performing full-length sitar solos. He has studied with many masters of the sitar, including Ravi Shankar, who popularized sitar in the U.S. through his association with the Beatles in the 1960s.

On Tuesday, Oct. 7 Seshadri will perform in Weisiger Theatre at the Norton Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. The concert is a convocation for students and is free and open to the public. Seshadri will be accompanied by Arup Chattopadhyay on the tabla, a type of drum.

Seshadri first performed at Centre as a Humana Visiting Scholar in 2004 and was eager to return.

“We are so excited to welcome Kartik back to Centre,” says Professor of Music Larry Bitensky. “He is phenomenal, an absolute world-class performer.”

Seshadri’s music has been described as “mesmerizing” and “mind-blowingly intense.”

“His music takes you to places you have never been. It’s truly transformative,” adds Bitensky.

While on campus, Seshadri will also present a lecture and demonstration for the campus community in Weisiger at 11:20 a.m. on Oct. 7 and will lead several sitar workshop sessions for interested students.

Students interested in participating in the workshops should contact Bitensky; no prior musical experience is necessary.

The Humana Visiting Scholar program was funded through a gift to Centre from the Humana Foundation, a philanthropic branch of Louisville-based healthcare corporation Humana Inc.