The Dancer


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.

My years 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.

I 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.

I worked 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.

Now, 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 abroad.

I 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 master-musician Sharreth.

I still 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.

Current Students

Durham                             Charlotte                     Carbondale

Aathira Balu                        Sahana Mantha             Harini Ramaprasad

Ananyaa Sundar                  Shreya Mantha           


Kaavya Karthik

Manasi Krishnakumar


Pradeep Rao

Pranav Krishnakumar    

Tanu Sharma




Past Students

Abhilash Nair

Aishwarya Sriraman

Alisha Vavilakonalu   

Anjana Krishnan


Anirudh Shivakumar

Anusha Ramaswami                        

Archit Baskaran  

Kaushik Swaminathan                   

Priya Rajagopalan                                             

Sahana Nagabhushan   

Vishal Narayanaswamy

Vanshika Ahuja                                                                          

Vashima Ahuja                                                                  

Uma Subramanian                                                                         







photo courtesy Jonathan Gramling

photo courtesy Suryanarayanan Ganesan