Nelson Honored for Contribution to Carnatic Arts

David Nelson

David Nelson

David Nelson, artist in residence at Wesleyan and accomplished musician specializing in Indian music, has been honored with the title of Kala Seva Mani by a prestigious music festival.

The Cleveland Aradhana, said to be the largest annual Carnatic music festival outside India, bestowed the title on Nelson during the festival March 27-April 7.

The Aradhana describes the title on its web site: “The title of Kala Seva Mani is bestowed upon individuals who have made a lasting contribution to the Carnatic arts through their propagation and demonstration in the United States and Canada.”

Nelson, who has performed internationally and written extensively about Indian music, has been an artist in residence at Wesleyan since 2001. He teaches South Indian Percussion and other courses and performs during the annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan, a celebration of Indian music and dance that draws visitors and participants from throughout New England.