Harshitha Krishnan

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Harshitha Krishnan is a Grammy-nominated recording and performing artist, music educator, and social justice advocate of Indian origin from Lagos, Nigeria.

Hailing from a background in European classical music and growing up listening to Indian film music, she arrived at Berklee and embraced soul, R&B, alternative, jazz, folk, and other world music styles, creating her own distinctive and eclectic sound: a fusion of Indian and contemporary western elements. Performing her original music as well as that of others, Harshitha creates a singular musical experience that takes listeners on a journey of unfiltered emotions, exploring sounds and textures from around the world.

An artist with a vision to affect positive change in attitudes towards women, mental health, and LGBTQIA+ and race issues, Harshitha aligns her social, philosophical, and political views with the nature of the music she performs.

Career Highlights
  • A few of the renowned artists Harshitha has worked with include A.R.Rahman, Ilayaraaja, Gary Burton, Vijay Prakash, Michael McDonald, Shankar Mahadevan, Shreya Ghoshal, Bill Whelan, Alejandro Sanz, Clinton Cerejo, and Javed Ali, among others
  • Lead vocalist for Berklee Indian Ensemble whose debut album was nominated for Best Global Music Album at the 65th Grammy Awards
  • B.M., Berklee College of Music, professional music (2017)
  • B.S., M.O.P Vaishnav College, visual communication (2012)
In Their Own Words

"I want students to come away from my classes and lessons with tools to navigate any musical situation with confidence and skills that will ensure their success in all future endeavors."

"Having trained in European classical music and built a professional career in performing and writing contemporary Indian and jazz fusion styles, my skill set is wide and I have a more fluid and open-minded approach to learning, teaching, and collaborating. Structure for the sake of compliance doesn't inspire success and so I take a less structured and more customized approach to each student or group of students I teach. I believe all students have the ability to thrive with the right guidance and inspiration, and I encourage rebellion and creative thinking when it comes to solving issues that they run into."