Svetlana Janardan is the first Russian sitar exponent (Imdad Khan tradition) as well as Hindustani vocalist (Delhi tradition) who is equally renowned in India and abroad among the classical musicians of today’s generation.

Svetlana was born and brought up in Kazan (Russia) and started her musical journey at the age of three through learning western classical music on piano. Besides that she had a keen interest in theater and drama and completed master’s degree in the same from the State Academy of Fine Arts Kazan, Russia.

In 1992 Svetlana was granted a scholarship by Government of India (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) and got admission in Gandharva Mahavidyalya, New Delhi, one of the leading music institutions in India, from where she successfully completed her Diploma courses in classical vocal and sitar in 2002.

Later on she got her Ph.D. (Sangeet Alankar) in two subjects: vocal music in 2017 (from Gandharva Mahavidyalya, New Delhi) and sitar in 2019 (from Gandharva Mahavidyalya, Mumbai).
Presently, Svetlana is doing her Doctorate in Hindustani vocal under the guidance of eminent guru Dr.Maya Bhatacharya.

Svetlana Janardan’s successful concert activity began during her student years and continues at present time. She performed at many prestigious festivals in India, Russia, Latvia, Ukraine, Estonia, Great Britain, including the Edinburgh International Festival “Fringe”, Scotland, “Shankara” festival in Varanasi, India, “Etnomir International festival”, Russia to name a few of them. The consistent success of Svetlana's performances is due not only to her filigree technique of playing and singing, her deeply emotional performances, the spirituality of the images created, but also the unique combination of sitar music and singing in one concert.

Svetlana has superb control over the instrument and her style is unique and innovative.

Her present touring activity includes both classical concerts and experimental performances, among which joint concerts with musicians of the European classical school occupy a special place. Svetlana, the first in world practice, played A. Vivaldi, V. Mozart and I. Bach on a sitar in a duet performance with the famous organ musician – Mrs. Ekaterina Melnikova.

Svetlana Janardan resides in New Delhi (India). Her devotion for Indian classical music, hard work and successful performances were recognised by Indian government. In 2011 Svetlana became an empanelled artist of Indian Council for Cultural Relations. Few years ago she has got a highest grade on All India Radio that gave her an opportunity to be regularly broadcasted all over India.

She has been teaching Indian Classical Music in Moscow Conservatorium regularly and conducted many workshops and concerts in the Embassy of India, Moscow to her credit.


Subshri Janardan