VIDEO: NACHIKETA YAKKUNDI ON HINDUSTANI MUSIC & COMING TO AMERICA

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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