Founded in 1986, Sruti promotes and presents Indian classical music and dance to educate the Philadelphia community on the importance of Indian arts. Over the past 20 years, Sruti has presented artists such as sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar (as part of the organization's 10th-anniversary celebration) and Sudha Raghunathan, one of the world's most acclaimed Carnatic vocalists. In addition to public presentations, Sruti also publishes an annual magazine, Sruti Ranjani, and a periodical, Sruti Notes. In 2015, Sruti received a Center grant to present the premiere of Saayujya (The Merging), a performance inspired by themes of liberty and freedom drawn from Philadelphia's history, featuring two of India's preeminent artists, bharata natyam dancer Priyadarsini Govind and Carnatic musician T. M. Krishna. Center support also funded Sruti's 2014 Philadelphia debut of leading bharata natyam dancer Malavika Sarukkai, as well as Sounds of India: Influences and Integration of Folk Melodies in Carnatic Music (2012).
The highlight of a year-long extravaganza to celebrate its 25th anniversary, Sruti presented two concerts in September 2011 that explored the confluence of Hindustani (North Indian) and Carnatic (South Indian) classical music. The first concert featured Amjad Ali Khan, a master of the sarod (a fretless lute-like instrument), accompanied by his two sons, Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan, playing both North and South Indian ragas. In the second concert, the Malladi Brothers, a Carnatic vocal duo, presented a Jugalbandi (duet of masters) concert with the Gundecha Brothers, exemplars of the Dhrupad style of Hindustani music—an ancient vocal tradition rarely performed in Philadelphia. This blend of Northern and Southern traditions made the Jugalbandi concert a special event for local Indian music audiences of all kinds. Workshops and lectures leading up to the concerts were led by musician and sitarist/scholar Allyn Miner, anthropologist Amanda Weidman, and vocalist Kiranavali Vidyasankar.