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Nistha Raj


2013-2014 Strathmore Artist in Residence, Nistha Raj has been regarded as “stunningly skilled in western and eastern classical music” by the Washington City Paper. Nistha is emerging as a fresh voice in creative and world music. Her recently self-released debut album, “Exit 1”, funded by the Sparkplug Foundation, has been described as “edgy, innovative, and clearly awe-inspiring…Indian fusion at its best” (Inside World Music).  A versatile musician, Nistha pursues new horizons by melding tradition with contemporary innovation – lending her talents to the Jazz trio The Fourth Stream, collaborations with Grammy nominated hip hop artist Christylez Bacon and six-string electric cellist Wytold; and recording on rock band NRI’s album.  A distinguished performer and teacher in the Washington, DC community, Nistha has performed at the United Nations, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the American Embassy in Bogota, Colombia. Nistha is also a recipient of multiple grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, including the 2012 Artist Fellowship. For more information, please visit

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Video 9/18/2014: Nistha Raj

The violinist and Strathmore Artist-in-Residence blends classical Hindustani music with elements of jazz, rock, and beat box to put an entirely new spin on Indian classical music.

Nistha Raj