Akshay Anantapadmanabhan

Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer Youth Excellence Award winner

Akshay Anantapadmanabhan

Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer Youth Excellence Award winner

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He is Born in Mumbai and brought up in New Jersey. He studied in New York and moved to Chennai to become a full-time professional mridangam artist. The one thing that stayed with him throughout all his experiences was music. His art today is a reflection of all those influences. He took the “plunge” as a full-time professional musician about five years ago and moved to Chennai. Chennai is to Carnatic music as New York is to Jazz. And to be the best, you have to compete against the best. He has always envisioned becoming an ambassador of the mridangam. Indian rhythm in hopes of spreading their unlimited potential. An inspiration for him in this realm was definitely Zakir Hussain. And how he has established the tabla as one of the most popular Indian percussion instruments globally. For him, this journey has been incredible so far, filled with learnings, struggles and successes. Moving away from his family, friends, and his lifestyle to pursue the art that he loved seemed like a daunting task when he left. But now, like he has found himself in music – an Encounter that develops and cherish for the rest of his life.

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About

He is Born in Mumbai and brought up in New Jersey. He studied in New York and moved to Chennai to become a full-time professional mridangam artist. The one thing that stayed with him throughout all his experiences was music. His art today is a reflection of all those influences. He took the “plunge” as a full-time professional musician about five years ago and moved to Chennai. Chennai is to Carnatic music as New York is to Jazz. And to be the best, you have to compete against the best. He has always envisioned becoming an ambassador of the mridangam. Indian rhythm in hopes of spreading their unlimited potential. An inspiration for him in this realm was definitely Zakir Hussain. And how he has established the tabla as one of the most popular Indian percussion instruments globally. For him, this journey has been incredible so far, filled with learnings, struggles and successes. Moving away from his family, friends, and his lifestyle to pursue the art that he loved seemed like a daunting task when he left. But now, like he has found himself in music – an Encounter that develops and cherish for the rest of his life.