Smt Nirmala Rajasekar (veena – Chennai/USA) - Nirmala Rajasekar is a master veena artiste and vocalist. A dynamic and vibrant performer, she is one of the most recognized names in the world of Indian Classical music today. She began training in this art from the age of 6 and began her career as a concert performer when she was 13. Nirmala’s music […]
Smt Sunita Tikare (Hindustani vocal – Mumbai) - Sunita Tikare is an outstandingly melodious Vocalist inclined towards Indian Classical music from early childhood. An inspiring pat on the back for a flawless performance coupled with an ardent admiration by Late Honorable Prime Minister Smt Indira Gandhi for this lead singer at a tender age of Nine ( later also Late PM Shri.Rajeev Gandhi) […]
Sri Taro Terahara (bansuri – Japan) - Taro Terahara is one of the leading musicians in the thriving and highly competitive Indian classical music scene in Japan. Born in Chiba-ken, in 1968 to teacher parents Taro Terahara was passionate about music from a very early age. Seeing his potential, his parents encouraged him in many ways to help him gain the experiences […]
Sri Rahul Bhattacharya (sarod) - Rahul (Sabyasachi) Bhattacharya is a Hindustani (North Indian) musician who plays the 19th string sarod. Hailing from the city of Varanasi he commenced his musical studies at the age of 5 with vocal training and also undertook studies in Western Classical Guitar. He migrated to the sarod in the late 80s, and received tutelage from […]
Smt Padmalakshmi Sriram (Bharatanatyam Dance) - Smt. Padmalakshmi Sriram is a professional Bharatanatyam Classical Dancer from South India. Bharatanatyam, a classical Indian dance form that originated in the temples of Tamilnadu, India, is known for its grace, purity, tenderness, and sculpturesque poses. Lord Shiva is considered the God of this dance form. Today, it is one of the most popular and […]
Sri Ganesh Prasad (violin – Chennai) - B.U. Ganesh Prasad hails from a family of connoisseurs of classical music & his blazing talent was recognized at a very young age by his father late B.S. Umakanth. He had his initial violin training under Basavanagudi Nataraj & vocal guidance from Bangalore S. Shankar during his formative years. It was under the able guidance […]
Sri Thanjavur Murugaboopathi (mridangam – Chennai) - Murugaboopathi aka Boopathi is one of the world most celebrated mridangam players of today. His techniques and creative ability in accompaniment, solo renditions, and jugalbandhi programs with his North Indian brethren have earned him a critical acclaim around the world. Sri Murugaboopathi was born 19th April 1965 in Madras, India and hails from a family […]
Sri Simranjit Singh (tabla) - Simranjit Singh started learning the basics of tabla the age of 9 from his school teacher Mr. Daljit Singh, before going into the depths of the Punjab Gharana with Ustad Jaspal Singh ji Jawaddi Taksal. A specialist in tabla solo, he has performed 6 times at Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan as well as many other great stages […]
Sri Maharshi Raval (tabla) - Maharshi is a promising tabla player from Benaras Gharana (school) living in Sydney. Maharshi is a student of Late Pt. Nandan Mehta who was a disciple of the legend of Benaras Gharana Late Pt. Shri Kishen Maharaj and has been learning for the last 25 years at Saptak School of Music in Ahmedabad. He has travelled extensively to various […]
Smt Namita Debroy (Kathak padhant, choreo) - Namita Debroy is the founder and director of Nritya Bharati School of Kathak Dance, established in 1998 in Brisbane with 2 branches at Hamilton and Sunnybank Hills. An accomplished Kathak dancer, she was ranked first (East Zone) in her Bachelors in Performing Arts (Lucknow University), trained under the instruction of Pt Bihari Lal Singh and […]
Sri Shen Flindell (tabla) - Shen Flindell started learning tabla in Melbourne from Sri Debapriya Bhattacharya in 1994 and soon went to the holy city of Varanasi in India to study under Pt. Kaviraj Ashutosh (“Ashu Babu”) Bhattacharya, a great tabla master of the Benares Gharana. Shen is now mainly based in Brisbane, Australia, but typically spends several months of […]
Sri Joseph Abhay Nand (harmonium) - Joseph Abhay Nand is a stalwart participant in the Brisbane Indian classical community. Originally from Fiji, he learnt harmonium from Ustad Mohammed Hussein from Pakistan and Ustad Mehmood Dholpuri from India. He is also accomplished in both tabla and vocal. He learnt tabla from his elder brother Sri Viveka Nand, Ustad Mubarak Khan, Pt Surendra Bhatt and Ustad Hashmat Ali Khan, […]
Smt Usha Chivukula (vocal) - Usha Chivukula is a passionate promoter of the Indian traditional performing arts, and an experienced performer in dance, drama and music herself. She received training in Carnatic and Hindustani vocal music, and also in the veena, for many years in India, before going on to be selected as an All-India radio artist. More recently Usha […]
Sri Darshil Shah (bansuri) - Darshil is an upcoming flautist and has been playing the Bansuri (Bamboo Flute) for the last 14 years. He has had the privilege of learning from three senior disciples of the great flute maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia with current guru being Shri. Partha Sarkar. He specializes in the North Indian or the Hindustani style of […]
Sri Aswin Narayanan (violin) - Aswin Narayanan has been playing Carnatic Music on the violin for over 15 years. He grew up in Singapore where he started learning the violin under Sir CN Thyagaraju. He later oved to New Zealand where he continued learning under his current teacher of over 11 years, Dr Ashok Malur in Auckland. Aswin has often […]
Sri Balaram Ramagiri (mridangam) - Balaram Ramagiri began playing khol from the age of eight, which later inspired him to develop his knowledge of percussion by learning mridangam. Starting at the age of twelve, Balaram received his mridangam training from Arthavan Selvanathan, taking him from the basic lessons to thani aavarthanams that included different nadais and spanned various thaalams. He […]

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Ku Sheena Rinky Bala (Kathak dance) - Sheena (Rinky) Bala has always been passionate about dance, and it was after discovering her Guru in 1998, Namita Debroy at the age of 6, that she found her love for Kathak. Her Guru, Namita Debroy was trained by the esteemed Pt. Bihari Lal Sing and Dr. Umashankar Chakraborty (disciple of Pt Birju Maharaj) at […]
Ku Madhu Murali (Carnatic vocal) - Madhuvanthi Muralidharan began her musical journey at the age of 5 from Smt. Raji Krishnamoorthy between 1999-2004 (Adelaide, SA), and then trained under Smt Rasika Vishwanath (Singapore) between 2004-2008 and Smt. Suma Rudrapatna (Adelaide, SA) between 2004-2014. She has since been under the tutelage of Smt. Bharathy Subramaniam (Canberra, ACT). Apart from her formal training, […]

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