'....particularly lovely and bewitching music’ – Matthew Guirerri, Boston Globe, April 2010
Deepti Navaratna is a neuroscientist and musician based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. An accomplished South Indian Classical musician, her music has been presented at premiere
performing spaces in the United States such as Asia Society (New York City), Symphony Space (New York City), Jordan Hall (Boston), Harvard Arts Museum (Cambridge), Museum of Fine
Arts (Boston), Yale School of music (New Haven, CT), among others. From South Indian classical music to avant garde to world music, her music embodies a rare mix of versatility,
classical wisdom and virtuosity that is distinctly her own. She has received several distinctions as a traditional musician such as Cambridge Arts Council Education and Access Grant (2011 &
2015), Emerging Artist Award from St.Botolph Foundation (2011) and the Traditional & Ethnic Arts Fellowship from the Utah Arts Council (2009) As an improviser-soloist in several
inter-cultural productions, she has collaborated with Richard Pittman (Conductor, New England Philharmonic & Boston Musica Viva), Zorana Sadiq (Soprano), Robert Schulz (Boston
Metropolitan Orchestra), Jan Muller Scheraws (Boston Musica Viva), Mehmet Sanlikol (Jazz pianist, Turkish composer), amongst others.
She is the director of ‘The Carnatic Alchemy Project’; a non-profit organization dedicated to taking South Indian Classical music to diverse audiences and is currently funded by the Massachusetts
Cultural Council. Her cultural diplomacy project ‘Dialogues with the Divine’ – an interfaith series of concerts aimed to use sacred music from world religions as vehicles for cultural diplomacy - to
agitate, innovate and find shared ancestry between cultures in a contemporary idiom. Deepti studies Contemporary Improvisation and world music at the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston and was selected by Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project to join their prestigious Global Music Innovator residency in early 2015. Deepti holds a doctorate degree in Neuroscience and her scientific research is focused on neuropsychobiological aspects of musical rhythm, memory and developing cognitive therapies for autism and dyslexia.
Ka - Carnatic meets Chamber music
"By taking on the great divide between Carnatic and Western classical, Navaratna shines a light on the beauties of both, bringing a new perspective and a gorgeous voice to a promising new direction in composition and performance."
Aarohanam - CD of Carnatic music
'Aarohanam’ features a mini-concert of South Indian classical music, with typical improvisational formats and compositional types. As in a concert, the music glows with expansive improvisations centered around traditional compositions.