T. K. Murthy is an Indian mridangam player. He was born on 13 August 1924 to Thanu Bhagavathar and Annapoorani. At the age of eight, he was guided to Tanjore Vaidyanatha Iyer. Vaidyanatha Iyer, took Murthy to Tanjore, where Palghat Mani Iyer and Thambuswami, brother of T. M. Thiagarajan, were also undergoing training.
K. Sekar is a thavil artist who not only plays for nagaswaram wedding concerts but also accompanies Carnatic instrumental concerts and performs in fusion. He is a great player. He is located in Triplicane area of Chennai.
Shri M.V. Narasimhachari and Shrimati M. Vasanthalakshmi, the well-known duo in Kuchipudi dance, have been at the forefront of their chosen field for many years. Shri Narasimhachari was born in Chennai in 1942 and Shrimati Vasanthalakshmi in 1954 at Kanigiri, Andhra Pradesh.
Anita Ratnam, one of the India’s most gifted artists is an accomplished classical dancer and choreographer. With a career spanning three decades and over 1000 performances in 15 countries, this multifaceted personality has made significant contributions in other fields as Choreographer, Scholar, Television Personality and Cultural Activist.
Haridwaramangalam A. K. Palanivel born on 10 April, 1948, Tamil Nadu, India. He is an artist of the Indian drum thavil. A. K. Palanivel first learnt thavil drumming under the tutelage of his father S. Kumaravel. From 1959 onwards, he was given extensive training from T.G. Muthukumara Swamy Pillai. He has performed widely in India and abroad accompanying senior artists and participating in ensembles of instrumental music and also dance.
T. V. Vasan was trained in mridangam, pakhawaj, maddalam, thavil, kanjira, and ghatam and also taught vocalists. He learned from his brother and has been an All India Radio A grade artist for 33 years. As a ghatam artist he was part of the legendary group Sruthi Laya.
Thavil maestro Valayapatti A R Subramaniam learnt nagaswaram from his father Arumugam before switching over to thavil. His guru was Mannargudi Rajagopala Pillai.
Sikkil Mala Chandrasekhar is a noted South Indian musician playing the flute. Mala Chandrasekhar was born to a musical family. Mala Chandrasekhar started learning from her aunt and mother Sikkil Sisters – Kunjumani & Neela. In playing style, Mala combines the strongest aspects of both Aunt Kunjumani’s clear classic lines with Mother Neela’s flair and expressiveness.
Shashank Subramanyam is a Carnatic classical flautist of India. Shashank, born on October 14, 1978, was barely nine months old when he was initiated to south Indian classical music, even before he started speaking his mother tongue.
Accomplished veena and vocal artist GEETHA RAMANATHAN BENNETT is dedicated to continuing the tradition of her guru and father Sangeetha Kalanidhi DR. S. RAMANATHAN. Geetha has performed extensively in India, the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, and Singapore. She was the first veena player to perform in Hong Kong and has appeared in many prestigious venues and series.