One of the most recognizable ghatam artists in the world today, Karthick has earned an international reputation for his path-breaking work in Carnatic music and in Crossover music. He studied for many years with the legendary ‘Vikku’ Vinayakram. Karthick has performed and recorded with every major Carnatic artist, done sessions work with film composers like A.R. Rahman, Harris Jayaraj and others, and done numerous collaborative projects with French Pianist Ariane Gray Hubert and others. A recipient of prestigious awards including a Government of India Fellowship, a Rotary international award of excellence, and several ‘Best ghatam artist’ awards from stellar institutions like the Music Academy and others, Karthick has performed at such venues as the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Oriental Festival in Paris, Tropen Museum in Amsterdam and others.
Karthick leads his own acclaimed band ‘Heartbeat’ which has toured the US, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East and other places. He toured with Prasanna in the US as part of his Electric Ganesha Land ensemble in 2008 performing at several of the top world music festivals and venues in the USA. He also toured with the who’s who of carnatic music in various countries around the world including South Africa, Japan, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Norway, Bahrain, Dubai, Qatar, Muscat, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, UK, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Malaysia etc.
Aside from his formidable musical talents, Karthick is an articulate speaker having given talks and seminars on Indian heritage and culture, Indian musical thought, Mathematics and Percussion, Mystical Sympbolism etc. Karthick is a Sanskrit scholar and has an M.A., M.Phil and PhD in Sanskrit from Vivekananda College in Chennai. Karthick also has an M.A degree in Indian music from the University of Madras.