Carnatic Classical Guitar Concert
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Guitar Prasanna is one of the most renowned and internationally acclaimed artists to have emerged from the Indian Subcontinent. He is a pioneer in performing the traditional Indian Classical Carnatic music art on a modern electric guitar and is known worldwide for that innovation. He was given a Lifetime Achievement Award for Carnatic music by H.H. Shri Jayendra Saraswathi In 2003. Most recently, Guitar Prasanna was awarded the coveted Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2021, from his Alma Mater, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. Along with Pandit Ravishankar and A.R. Rahman, Prasanna is the only other Indian composer to have scored the music for an Oscar winning film – Megan Mylan’s “Smile Pinki” which won an Oscar in 2009. A R Rahman has called him “A living hope for quality music.”
Prasanna also is recognized internationally for his expertise in Jazz, Rock and Fusion music, performing and recording with multi Grammy winning artists such as Esperanza Spalding, Victor Wooten, Joe Lovano and others. His collaborations over the last 25 years with Indian music legend A.R. Rahman in numerous movie soundtracks has made him a household name with Indian film music fans. A passionate educator and entrepreneur, Prasanna founded Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music, India’s first College of Contemporary music and one of the largest music colleges in South Asia.
Gowrishanker Balachandran – Mridangam
Gowrishanker Balachandran is an internationally renowned Toronto-based mridangist who has been performing for almost four decades. He is the first and prime disciple of Sangeetha Kalanidhi Dr. Thiruvarur Bakthavatsalam. He has the distinction of accompanying many celebrated artists like Dr. N. Ramani, T. N. Seshagopalan, T. N. Krishnan, T. V. Sankaranarayanan, Kadri Gopalnath, K. J. Yesudas, O. S. Thyagarajan, P. Unnikrishnan, Neyveli Santhanagopalan, N. Ravikiran, just to name a few. Gowrishanker is well known for his involvement in many jugalbandhi and fusion music concerts with many celebrated artists across the globe. Gowrishanker has received many honours and awards in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the promotion of Carnatic Music in Canada. Some reputable awards he has received are “Mridanga Vadhya Sironmani” presented by Gayathri Fine Arts of New Delhi (2007), “Best Teacher Award” presented by the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana and many more. He has performed in many prestigious sabhas in Chennai like Madras Music Academy, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Narada Gana Sabha and many more. Gowrishanker is the Founder and Director of Layamadhuraa Percussive Arts Center, Canada established for the promotion of South Indian Percussive Arts in Canada.