Nachiketa Yakkundi is a musician and an engineer, who has the rare distinction of being associated with  the same Silicon Valley company for over 2 decades. Music is his central passion and we talk to him to find out what propelled him to study engineering and put his music on the back-burner?

Yakkundi studied with Pandit Basvraj Rajguru in Dharwad, Karnataka, India, which is famous for its musical heritage.His music teacher was intensely disappointed when Yakkundi left India and travelled to a small Midwestern town called Alliance in Ohio for his undergraduate studies. He went to get a graduate degree and moved to Silicon Valley in the 1990s.

In this wide-ranging interview we talk to Yakkundi music, coming to America and eventually settling down in Silicon Valley, where he found a new home for his music and started a music school in Cupertino. Yakkundi works with Naatak, a Silicon Valley theatre group on their productions.

This TV interview was sponsored by Zoho Corp.

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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.