N. Guruprasad – Ghatam
N. Guruprasad is the son of Ghatam Vidwan Shri K. Nagaraja Rao and Smt Kallammal. He had his initial training under his father and later underwent gurukulam under ghatam maestro Shri T.H. Vikku Vinayakram.
Subsequently he received training from ghatam Vidwan Shri V. Suresh, and mridangam Vidwan “Laya Chudaroli” Madurai Shri T. Srinivasan.
Guruprasad is one of the leading percussionists in South India and regularly accompanies most of the senior artists in the field of Carnatic Music. He is also highly sought after in the film industry and for collaborations with world renowned artists of various genres.
Guruprasad has had the privilege of playing alongside stalwarts of percussion such as Shri Palghat Raghu, Shri T.K. Moorthy, Shri Vellore Ramabhadhran, Shri Umayalpuram K Sivaraman, Shri Karaikudi Mani, Shri Trichy Sankaran, Shri Haridwarmangalam A.K. Palanivel, Shri Kaliyamoorthy, and Shri Thanjavur Govindarajan, to name a few.
He has performed in esteemed global venues such as The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., The Lincoln Center in New York City, the “Incredible India” festival at The Oval Cricket Ground in London, and along with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra in South Africa.
Guruprasad has been bestowed with numerous awards and titles, which include the Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar from Sangeet Natak Akademi – New Delhi, the title of “Aasthaana Vidwan” of Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt – Kanchipuram, and the Kalki Krishnamurthy award in Chennai.
Guruprasad is also a reputed teacher and is training many ghatam artists of the next generation.