Kartikay started out as a corporate lawyer, and later, pulled by his love of Urdu poetry, turned to studying literature. He completed his Masters at Ashoka University in 2019 where his topic of research was the Krishna poetry of Muslim Urdu poets and what it teaches us about their religiosity. He was Research Associate for the project to map Bhakti and Sufi traditions in India.
The Dadu panth is centred on Dadu Dayal, a 16th century sant who promoted the path of inward experience and direct relationship with God. Shot in September 2019, this was produced with the support of Bajaj Autos Pvt. Ltd.