Sikkil C. Gurucharan is among the foremost young performing musicians of Carnatic music in India. He is the grandson of Sikkil Kunjumani, elder of the internationally acclaimed flautists – the Sikkil Sisters.
Gurucharan has been under the tutelage of Vaigal Shri S. Gnanaskandan and is currently being mentored by Shri B. Krishnamurthy. He is an ‘A’ grade All India Radio artist. The magazine India Today featured him among 35 Game Changers Under (the age of) 35 in India, a list of young achievers from different walks of life. He is also the recipient of the prestigious Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar from the Sangeet Natak Akademi.
Sikkil Gurucharan is considered as one of the leading youth ambassadors of South Indian Classical music because of his conscious attempts to engage with young minds in schools and colleges and bring them into this art form which he believes, is the perfect amalgamation of scientific precision and artistic dynamism. He regularly visits schools and educational institutions to initiate the students into appreciating this music form from an early age.
Apart from traditional Carnatic concerts, he has also worked with world renowned musicians to broaden the appeal, while maintaining the classical integrity of his music. An album that he performed in, Miles from India, was nominated for the best contemporary jazz music album at the 41st Grammy Awards ceremony. In 2015, he received the coveted Fulbright Nehru Excellence award to teach and do research at UC Davis, California.