Jyoti Hegde (Sanskrit: ज्योती हेग्डे, IPA: [dʑjoːtɪ ɦeːɡɖeː]) is a Rudra Veena and Sitar artist from Khandarbani Gharana. She has pursued music since age 12 and completed her Masters in Music from Karnatak University of Dharwad. Vidhushi Jyoti Hegde is the first woman player of Rudra Veena in the world.[1] She is a Grade-A artist of Rudra Veena and Sitar with the All India Radio and regularly sought after for concerts.

Jyoti Hegde
Born17 March 1963
Spouse(s)G.H. Hegde
Musical career
LabelsASA Music (2012)


Jyoti Hegde was born and brought up in Sirsi – the largest town in North Kanara district of Karnataka. She started learning music when she was 12. At the age of 16 years, she began to learn Rudra Veena under the guidance of her first teacher Pandit Late Bindu Madhav Pathak.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

She is married to G.S. Hegde and has a son.[1]


  • Rare Instruments - Rudra Veena (ASA Music, 2012)[2]

Awards and recognitionEdit

Jyoti Hegde has won awards such as the Naada Nidhi award, Kala Chetana and Dhrupadmani.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Jyoti Hegde Biography". Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Rare Instruments - Rudra Veena". Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Jyoti Hegde Profile" (PDF). Retrieved 1 June 2014.

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