Srinivas is a scholar, translator, and musician. He studied classical sitar in the traditional guru-shishya style with Sri Partha Chatterjee, a direct disciple of the late sitar maestro Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, and also trained in classical South Asian languages and literatures at Brown University and UC Berkeley. He has released three independent CDs and published three books of translations with Penguin Books. Srinivas is visiting professor of religious studies and contemplative studies at Brown University. He lives in Rhode Island and spends his time performing, teaching, and conducting research around the world.