Nistha Raj

A distinguished performer and teacher of Hindustani classical and Western classical violin, Nistha has performed in the United Nations, Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Department of State, the Indian Embassy in Washington, DC and at the U.S. Embassy in Colombia, Canada, India and Poland. Nistha is a recipient of multiple grants from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, including the 2012 Artist Fellowship.

Nistha’s deep connection to Hindustani classical music began in childhood. After being selected as the only American to receive a scholarship from the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Nistha completed two years of intensive formal training at the Gandharva Maha Vidyalaya in New Delhi, India. She holds a BA in Music from the University of Houston and a MA in Arts Management from the George Mason University.

Nistha is currently working on her debut album, with generous support by the Sparkplug Foundation.