The Covid-19 pandemic has brought upon us circumstances that we never imagined -­‐ a present that is in limbo, and a future that is entirely uncertain. In these unusual times, the lives of Karnatik musicians have come to a complete standstill. Public performances are not a possibility in the near future, and teaching students face-­‐to-­‐face seems to be something of the distant past. Though online classes have been in vogue for a long time, to a large extent, only artists who have regular tours abroad, or are well connected, have been able to take advantage of this technological convenience. Online classes have remained afar from a large section of talented Karnatik musicians/teachers.

Sumanasa Foundation hopes to bridge this gap, and this becomes even more relevant in these difficult times.

Through Maadhyam, we connect Karnatik music teachers with prospective students; we are only a catalyst making those interested in learning Karnatik music aware of good teachers in India. When a query is received through our website, we will direct the student to the respective teacher. Scheduling of classes, fee, mode of transfer of the same and all other matters related to the class will have to be decided mutually by the teacher and student (or parent). Also in the hope to standardise a basic minimum fee for a class, we request students not to pay less than $30 per class. Sumanasa Foundation also suggests the student and teacher maintain an online log on the number of classes conducted every month. Sumanasa Foundation does not charge any fee to either the teacher or student

To begin with, we introduce you to the following teachers, covering vocal, violin, mrdangam, ghatam, ganjira and morsing.

If you’d like us to connect you to any of these teachers, please fill out the following form and our team will get back to you shortly.

Shalini Muthukumar – Vocal

Shalini Muthukumar has trained in the basics of Carnatic music from Vidwan Shri Kalaichelvan. She continued her training for 10 years from Nadaswara Vidwan Shri Injikudi E.P.Ganesan and for 1 year from vocalist Smt Radha Parthasarathy. She is currently learning Thevarams under Odhuvar Kumaravayalur T. Balachander. She is also currently taking advanced training from the [...]

B. Ananthakrishnan – Violin

B. Ananthakrishnan hails from a reputed musician family. He is the grandson of renowned Violin Vidwan, Late V.K. Venkata Ramanujam Iyengar (Professor – Performing Arts, Banaras Hindu University), and son of equally reputed violinist Dr V. Balaji, Head of the Department, Faculty of Performing Arts, Banaras Hindu University (Varanasi). Ananthakrishnan continues his training today under […]

Thirumarugal S DineshKumar – Violin

Thirumarugal S DineshKumar is one of the young promising violinists in the Carnatic music field. He is the son of Thavil Vidwan Thirumarugal T R Sekar. He has done his M.A in Indian Music, University of Madras, and has a Diploma in violin (Sangeetha Vidwan title, Gold Medalist)  and Diploma in teaching Carnatic music. He had his [...]

Arjun Ganesh – Mridangam

Born in Kumbakonam, Arjun Ganesh is a versatile and renowned Mridangam artiste in the field of Carnatic music. Melody, impeccable playing for the compositions and aesthetic mathematics characterize Arjun Ganesh's Mridangam Playing. He is the disciple of Legendary Mridanga Vidwan Poongulam Sri R. Sabesa Iyer, who developed the Thiruvarur Bani. Many of his students are [...]

N. Ramakrishnan – Mridangam

Hailing from a family of percussionists, N Ramakrishnan is a very talented mridangam vidwan with a performing experience of over 26 years. He is the son-in-law of the great Ghatam Maestro Shri T. H. Vikku Vinayakram and had his tutelage from his uncle, Shri T. H. Subashchandran. Ramakrishnan has accompanied great stalwarts in the field [...]

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 [...]

Papanasam S. Sethuraman – Ganjira

Papanasam S. Sethuraman is a well-known Ganjira Artiste who has been performing concerts for more than 30 years. Born in the year 1969 to Sangeetha Vidwan Sri P. Subramanian at Papanasam, Tamilnadu, Sethuraman showed keen interest for percussion music from a very young age and started learning Thavil initially. It was at the instance of [...]

R. Raman – Morsing

Inheriting the legacy of Rhythm from illustrious Gurus Sarvasri Sri.T.R. Harihara Sharma, T.H. Vikku Vinayakram and Sri.T.H. Subash Chandran, R. Raman has imbibed the skills to be a successful performing artiste on his unique percussion instrument - ‘morsing’. Raman is specially known for his ability to provide tonal variety, his immense breath control and his [...]

Disclaimer: The information provided on the website is for general informational purposes only, to facilitate a connection between students and teachers. Any legal relationship insofar as it is established shall exist only between the student and the teacher. Sumanasa Foundation has not herewith provided any representations or warranties, express or implied,  and Sumanasa Foundation is not and will not be in any manner acting in a fiduciary capacity or as an agent for either the teacher or the student.


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