Mathuja Bavanendrakumar began learning violin in 2006 under the tutelage of Smt. Manthahini Bogahawatte (Brisbane, Aus). Since 2009 she has been learning under the tutelage of Sri B.U. Ganesh Prasad (Chennai, India)m with lessons taken over Skype regularly, and directly during visits to Chennai in summer holidays. Under her Guru’s guidance she has undertaken the Grade 6 ACMS Diploma (London curriculum based Australian examination board) Violin Examinations (passed with Distinction) in March 2015, and performed her Carnatic Violin Arangetram in January 2016. She has also undertaken workshops with Sri Vijayaraghavan (Chennai, India) and Sri Suresh Babu (Chennai, India), while they have visited Brisbane for concerts, and have then followed up with workshops while visiting Chennai.
As well as being a talented violinist, Mathuja is also an accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer, and won the Sangeet Premi Rising Star Award for South Indian Dance in 2015.