Nachiketa Sharma

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Nachiketa (Sharma) Yakkundi
Genres Indian classical music
Occupation(s) Composer, vocalist, Software Engineer

Nachiketa (Sharma) Yakkundi (Kannada: ನಚಿಕೇತ, Devanagari:नचिकेत, IAST: Naciketā) is a Hindustani Classical vocalist in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Born in Dharwad, Karnataka, Shri Nachiketa (Sharma) Yakkundi was initiated into Hindustani classical vocal music by his parents.[1] His formal study began in Madras under Shri B. N. Simha and later under Shri B. Hanumantachar. His rigorous and extended pedagogy came under the virtuoso, late Padmabhushan Pandit Basavraj Rajguru. Nachiketa has extensively performed in cities across India and North America. He runs Rajguru Sangeet Vidyaniketan, a school of music in the memory of his guru in Cupertino,[2] California, a school for both adults and kids. Nachiketa (Sharma) Yakkundi was also a senior teacher at the Sangeetaanjali College of Music, Fremont for over 20 years until the institution closed its doors in October, 2015.


  • Samarpan (May 2002)
  • Hindustani Vocal (May 2000)
  • Dasa compositions in Kannada - Rama nama payasa (May 2002)
  • Vachanas in Kannada - Neenolidare (May 2002)
  • A two-CD Hindustani album titled Guru Naman consisting of nine raagas (May 2007)
  • Sumiran Karle composed of seven Hindi bhajans, three composed by Nachiketa himself. (May 2007)

Nachiketa (Sharma) Yakkundi is a regular on local Bay Area TV introducing and demonstrating Hindustani Classical music to viewers. He is also actively involved in composing music for many local ( as well as international-level organizations (

His classical renderings as part of the Swaralahari TV series are available here:


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