Chandrika Krishnamurthy Tandon
Chandrika is a 2011 GRAMMY nominated artist and a Billboard Nominee for top 40 Women in Music 2011. Trained by masters in Hindustani, Carnatic, South American and Jazz traditions, SOUL CALL, her second album, has topped world music charts and garnered great acclaim including a Grammy nomination. Her latest CD, SOUL MARCH, was released in April 2013.
Ms. Tandon has performed in major venues worldwide; her recent concerts include Lincoln Center, New York City; the World Culture Festival, Olympiastadion, Berlin; September 11th: A Day of Faith, The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, New York CIty; Wellness Initiative, Boulder, Colorado; Global Peace Initiative, Fairfield, Iowa; and the Golden Jubilee Celebration of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, among others.
In her current music, Chandrika uses 600-year-old Sanskrit chants and syllables as well as traditional melodies. She composes them using as a base, complex ragas or scales from Indian classical music traditions. She blends these with contemporary rhythms, grooves and choral harmonies drawn from many world cultures to create innovative, easily understood compositions. Chandrika aspires to preserve these ancient traditions of Indian music and make them accessible to different generations around the world. Thousands of her fans from different countries, cultures and divides, represent a realization of this aspiration. Chandrika also conducts free community choirs in New York City bringing together the seniors and community in song.
In other spheres, Ms. Tandon is Chairman of her financial advisory firm, Tandon Capital Associates, Inc. She has worked with more than 40 financial and service institutions all over the world and has spearheaded projects that involved major financial and operational restructuring, global and domestic strategy, and broad-based culture change. Prior to that, she was a partner at McKinsey and Company.
Ms. Tandon is a Trustee of New York University. She serves on the Board of Overseers at the NYU Stern School of Business, the Dean's Council at NYU Wagner School of Public Service and the President’s Council on International Activities at Yale University. She has actively worked on domestic and global strategy, formulated new initiatives and conducted guest lectures on leadership, restructuring and transformation.
In 2009, she received the Walter Nichols medal for representing the highest ideals of business, service and integrity from NYU Stern - whose prior recipients include Rockefeller, Greenspan and Welch. In 2010, Ms. Tandon was inducted into The Sir Harold Acton Society of New York University in recognition of her efforts on behalf of higher education. In 2011 she was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the prestigious Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) in the inaugural award, instituted during the Golden Jubilee, and in 2013, she was named a Distinguished Alumna of her alma mater, Madras Christian College (MCC). Recently, she was honored at the Smithsonian's fall 2013 gala at which she performed in conjunction with the museum's first yoga art exhibit.