‘Bījam: Music Seeds,’ featuring Carnatic Musician Sikkil Gurucharan
Presented in Conjunction with the Davis Humanities Institute’s “Cultivation” Initiative
feat. Sikkil Gurucharan, voice
Shruti Sarathy, violin
Ajay Gopy, mridangam
Vardhinee Prakash, tanpura
Leading Carnatic musician and youth ambassador Sikkil Gurucharan presents this concert as an artist in residence at the Davis Humanities Institute (DHI) at UC Davis. Drawing upon both contemporary and classical texts, he will explore the DHI’s “Cultivation” initiative using music. This initiative seeks to broadly create dialogue between the humanities and the sciences, the arts and agriculture, the university and its larger communities.
One cannot cultivate what once started as a seed. Or can they?
a Shinkoskey Noon Concert
Sikkil C. Gurucharan is a leading musician and a youth ambassador of Carnatic Music, and is a Davis Humanities Institute Artist-in-Residence (Spring, 2023). A prime-time artist during the Chennai music season, and a recipient of numerous awards—including the prestigious Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar Award, Kalaimamani, and Tchaikovsky Award for the best musician of the year among others—Gurucharan has not only made a mark in the traditional concert paddhati style but also worked to broaden audience appeal by creating collaborative projects with world renowned musicians while retaining the spirit of the art form. In 2015, Gurucharan received a Nehru-Fulbright Excellence Award and was in residence at UC Davis.
Gurucharan was featured on the compilation album Miles from India (a celebration of the music of Miles Davis), which was nominated for the Best Contemporary Jazz Album at the 51st Grammy Awards. The magazine India Today featured him among 35 Game Changers under the age of 35 in India. The Tamil Nadu Government conferred its highest honor of Kalaimamani on Gurucharan in 2020. He has also acted in two Tamil movies: Sarvam Thala Mayam and Putham Pudhu Kaalai.