Nachiketa Yakkundi is an engineer in Silicon Valley. When he has not tethered to a computer, Yakkundi spends all his spare time pursuing his passion for Hindustani music, North Indian traditional classical music. He teaches music at Rajguru Sangeet Vidyaniketan school of music. He frequently collaborates with Naatak, a SIlicon Valley-based theatre group.
In this short interview we get a quick 101 on Hindustani music like what is a raga? Is there a western equivalent to raga? Tune in to find out.
We have a longer interview coming up with Yakkundi where we talk about his journey to America, how he learnt music, his guru Padmabhushan Pandit Basavraj Rajguru in Dharwad. Dharwad is home to well-known Hindustani singers and has a rich musical legacy. Yakkundi frequently collaborates with and working with Naatak, a Silicon Valley-based South Asian theatre group.