Ghatam Karthick | Profile

‘GHATAM’ KARTHICK, as he is affectionately called is one of the shining star artistes on his captivating CLAY POT instrument. Dr.Karthick has shared the stage with almost all top artists and has been featured in many respected festivals and many recordings. Inheriting the legacy and heritage from his Great Gurus,  Padmasri Sri.T.H. Vikku Vinayakram and Kalaimamani Sri. T.H.Subash Chandran, Dr.Karthick has travelled and performed all over the world in various prestigious venues including the ‘United Nations’.

Dr. Karthick also leads, conducts and orchestrates the popular ensembles HEARTBEAT hearbeat_logo and sumskrhythm_logo SUMS(K)RHYTHM, incorporating innovative concepts in the fine art of melodic/rhythmic improvisations.

As a Creative Composer, Dr. Karthick has composed in various genres consisting many Tillanas, Kritis (both in Sanskrit and Tamil in rare ragas), a Pada Varnam, a Daru Varnam, Swarakshara Kriti, Ragamalika, Instrumental Orchestrations, Fusion Pieces, Devotional songs, Hymns, Romantic songs, Folk songs etc. All these innovative creative efforts have been exceptionally acclaimed by both the Press and public all over the World.

Dr.Karthick has performed Jugalbandhis with a few North Indian artistes. Dr.Karthick collaborates with many international artistes in various genres like jazz music and fusion music. Dr. Karthick also features as a respected artiste in the Indian film industry, performing for Composers like Ilayaraja, A.R.Rahman, Harris Jayaraj, Vidhyasagar, Bharathwaj, Vijay Antony, G.V.Prakash Kumar, C.Sathya, Jayachandran and many others, including Devotionals & Tele-Serials.

On the Academic side, Dr. Karthick holds a M.A, M.Phil and PhD in Sanskrit, as an illustrious Alumni of RKM Vivekananda College and has a M.A. in Indian Music from University of Madras. Dr. Karthick has conducted many lecture-demonstrations, outreach events and interactive workshops all over the world. Dr. Karthick has also been as one of the esteemed Faculty teaching concepts of Indian Percussion at the Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music, an institution for World Music, under the leadership of Guitar Prasanna.

Dr.Karthick is an ‘A TOP Graded Artiste’ in All India Radio, Chennai, performing in numerous National Sangeeth Sammelans, National Programs of Music, South Zone Hook-ups, Invited audience concerts both in All India Radio & Doordarshan. Karthick has also performed with varied artistes in numerous Cassette and CD recordings and in many Private Channels.

Dr. Karthick, as an expert entertainer has enthralled audiences all over the World in countries like India, South Africa, Japan, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Norway, Bahrain, Dubai, Qatar, Muscat, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, UK, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Malaysia.

Dr. Karthick also specializes in Verbal Percussion (Konnakol) and plays the Morsing (Jaws harp) too. Dr. Karthick has trained many Indian and Foreign students in Percussion, which includes personal classes and online sessions. Karthick also gives tips and technical guidance to other fellow musicians in fingering patterns, concepts and conceives new progressions.

Dr. Karthick has also presented talks and lectures on a variety of other aspects in topics like Spiritual Values, Indian Heritage and Culture, Indian Musical thought, Mathematics and Percussion, Concert Format, Role of Musical Instruments, How to appreciate rhythm, Indian Customs and Beliefs, Humour and Music, Mystical Symbolism etc.

Dr. Karthick has been a recipient of numerous Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards. Dr. Karthick is only Ghatam artiste to have received the prestigious Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar from Sangeet Natak Academy, Department of Culture, Government of India.

Dr. Karthick involves in many humanitarian activities like Blood and Eye donations and supports benevolent causes such as concerts for Kargil soldiers, Tsunami sufferers, Flood relief, Cancer cure, Orphanages and Earth-quake victims. Dr. Karthick also lends his support for philanthropic organizations like Spastic Society of India, CRY, Lions Club, Rotary club etc. Karthick participates in benefit concerts for Fund raising concerts for School Building fund etc.

Dr. Karthick’s creative originality, distinct stage-presence, vibrant virtuosity, nimble fingers and a nimbler mind have all made him a most sought after artiste in Indian Music Circuit. All these facets have earned Dr. Karthick, a special endearing status place in the hearts of musical enthusiasts.