Emmanuelle Martin, grew up with parents who are classically trained in Western Classical music, from before she could talk Emmanuelle was surrounded by the practice and appreciation of music with merit. By age 4 she had started Western musical training. She was introduced to Karnatic music by her father, Andre Martin, a student of Shri Seetharama Sharma, but it was a style of music that didn’t interest Emmanuelle — until Shri TM Krishna came to visit. After a couple of classes, and upon hearing his pure expression of Karnatic music, something shifted in her. She was irrevocably hooked.
At the age of 19, after completing her schooling in France, she moved to Chennai, where she lived for 10 years to devote herself to learning Karnatic music and studying with renowned music master Shri T. M. Krishna. She was fortunate to accompany him on the tambhura for most of his concerts in Chennai and all over India for many years, thus imbibing his music as well as the music of many great maestros playing with him.
Emmanuelle Martin started to perform publicly in 2012 in Chennai, and she has been performing regularly since then. She now travels between India, France, Germany, UK and the United States where she gives concerts, teaches, and continues her own practice. She is driven by a profound commitment to her art and many have experienced the transmission of her art form as a channel to the divine. She is passionate and committed in her work of spreading awareness and appreciation of this unique art form in the West, also as a means of touching people’s hearts and transporting them into deeper communion. In January 2016 she joined Ariane Mnouchkine and the Théatre du Soleil group to train actors in singing and karnatic music for their latest creation "Une Chambre en Inde". Emmanuelle Martin performs on stage solo or with an ensemble of Indians musicians, including violinists, and percussionists (Mridangam). At times she also collaborates with musicians from other traditions.