The Principal percussion component in Carnatic Music as well as dance, the Mridangam substantially contributes to the beauty and magnificence of Indian art. Recognized as one of the oldest musical instruments, the Mridangam was widely appreciated in courtrooms of ancient Indian kingdoms. Over the years, eminent musicians have chipped-in to make the Mridangam a perfect and indispensable entity in the world of Carnatic Music.

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"Teaching and performing are like my two eyes, how can I love one more than the other?"

Bala is both a talented performer and teacher. He has accompanied some of the most legendary artists in the Indian classical music scene including Pandit Ravi Shankar and Dr Balamurali Krishna. For him the Mridangam is everything. Several of his students have gone on to become successful professional artists in their own right including Pirashanna Thevarajah who is currently touring alongside Anoushka Shankar.

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