Nandini Srikar is an Indian singer, composer and guitarist.
Early life and career:
As a child, she studied classical music, learning how to play veena at age three. She later learned sitar and guitar. Srikar earned a Masters degree in Mathematics and after graduation she worked in software. She originally had no intention of becoming a professional musician and pursued music only as a hobby. In 1997, playback singer Hariharan heard her sing and suggested to Vidyasagar that he hire her to sing for his upcoming film Uyirodu Uyiraga. In the film, she performed a duet with KK called "I Love You" and the song became a hit. She quit her job and focused on music, collaborating with Ranjit Barot, Trilok Gurtu and Wally Badarou. She also began to write advertising jingles. In 2001, she appeared on Mahmood Khan's album Panah. In 2008, she worked with music director Dhruv Ghanekar with the vocal arrangements and harmonies for the songs in Drona. Her debut solo album Beete Pal was released in 2011 in which she has composed, programmed, produced and performed all the songs. The album features Kai Eckhardt (Bass), Prasanna (Guitar), Michael Pope (Bass), Steve Zerlin (Bass), Atma Anur (Drums), Ed DeGenaro (Guitar) and other musicians. Her next venture is a collaboration with Shri and DJ Badmarsh.
Srikar speaks English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.