Anil Srinivasan , born June 3, 1977 is a classical pianist born in Madras, India and educated at the University of Southern California and at Columbia University, New York. He is best known for his collaborative work with Carnatic vocalist Sikkil Gurucharan.
Anil Srinivasan and Sikkil Gurucharan, born June 21, 1982 have now become well-known for having charted a new format to listen to Carnatic music (South Indian classical music). Using the classical piano as a frame around the free-flowing classical South Indian voice, the duo have managed to create a significant following in a very short period of time. The format, eponymous with their critically acclaimed “Madhirakshi”, released by Charsur (2006) has now come to be regularly featured on the festival circuit
Their work has now traveled to the United States (Fall 2008 tour), Singapore (Esplanade November 2008) and Malaysia (Fall 2008), and of course all over India
Anil Srinivasan is a trained western classical pianist while Sikkil Gurucharan is a well-known Carnatic vocalist. The two have recorded four albums together in just two years, starting with Madhirakshi (Charsur), Maaya (Charsur), This and the Other (TVS) and The Blue Divine (Microsoft sponsored).
They are usually accompanied only on the Khanjira (south Indian tambourine) by the versatile B S Purushotham. Other performers to have worked with the duo include Murad Ali on the sarangi, apart from John McLaughlin and U Srinivas (Anil Srinivasan accompanies them on Samjhanitha, released by Dreyfus; Sikkil Gurucharan accompanies them on Miles from India).
Both performers have individual works and other collaborations to their credit. Anil Srinivasan has collaborated, among others, with Unnikrishnan and with Lalgudi GJR Krishnan.