Deepti Navaratna, Musician/Neuroscientist/Cultural Entrepreneur; Founder and Director of Carnatic Alchemy Project, New England Conservatory of Music


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. 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. 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 auditory processing deficits in dyslexia.