I was initiated into
Carnatic music by my mother, Smt.
Gayathri Sundaresan when I was three. I
was fortunate to be guided by Smt.
Lalitha from Kalakshetra, Smt. Devaki
Iyer and Smt. Kamala Krishnamurthy for
seven years. In 1997, I came under the
tutelage of V. Vamanan, disciple of
Pallavur Mani Iyer and Thanjavur
Shankara Iyer. It was under his guidance
that I truly learnt to analyze and
appreciate the subtle and beautiful
nuances that make Carnatic music so
great. I owe all my understanding of
music to him.
in Mumbai exposed me to other forms of
music as well. I found new pleasure in
western classical and jazz music through
my close friend Vivek Rajagopalan. He
drove me on to win several competitions
during my undergraduate years and to
sing for fusion bands, that were so
popular in the late 90's - early
millenium. Another close friend,
Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan, singer and
dancer herself, and I joined forces and
shared a fruitful six years singing for
and composing music scores for
Nrityodaya Mumbai's dance productions. I
had a nice little break singing for the
Kaho Na Pyar Hai soundtrack, but I
decided to pursue Carnatic music.
started teaching Carnatic music in
Madison, WI in 2002. Kripa Baskaran,
Artistic Director of the Natyarpana
Dance Company, encouraged me to start a
full fledged music school and in 2003,
we inaugurated Natyarpana's music wing
with branches in Madison and Milwaukee.
As Asst. Director of Natyarpana, I
conducted lecture demonstrations of
Carnatic music in the Madison &
Milwaukee school districts and was an
instructor in the Division of Continuing
Studies at UW-Madison.
closely with the International Students
Services and the Indian Graduate
Students Association at UW-Madison, and
as student liason between IMCOW, a local
organization and UW-Madison, I organized
several Carnatic and HIndustani concerts
between 2002 and 2008.
having moved to Durham, NC, I continue
to conduct Carnatic music lessons for my
new students here and over the web for
my Madison and Milwaukee students.
Currently I provide vocal support for
Delhi-based Bharatanatyam dancer Rama
Vaidyanathan and accompany her on her
tours both in the United States and
recently lent my voice to the bilingual
movie "180". It gave me a great
opportunity to try my different singing
voices under the guidance of
have a long way to go before I can
achieve that sublime state of being that
music offers. I express my heartfelt
gratitude to all my gurus and veteran
musicians for continuing to guide me on
my musical journey.