'Chitravina' Ganesh

'Chitravina' Ganesh, son of Gayathri and Parthasarathy, was born on June 17, 1976. Ganesh was trained from very young age by his maternal uncle, an acclaimed musical wizard and guru, 'Chitravina' Narasimhan. Ganesh stormed into the world of Carnatic music even at the tender of age of two and a half,  just like his cousins 'Chitravina' Ravikiran, Shashikiran and Kiranavali. He was able to identify and render around 225 Ragas and 175 Talas and answer numerous other technical questions with ease.

Ganesh then continued his musical training under Narasimhan and also from Ravikiran as a vocalist. He also had the rare privilege of learning from Sangeeta Kalanidhi T Brinda for a few years.

Even at the age of 8, Ganesh developed an interest in the 21-stinged fretless instrument, Chitravina. Combining his natural musicality with assiduous practice, Ganesh has now emerged as one of the most distinguished artistes in this instrument. His style is marked by an easy flow of movement and effortless handling of multiple speeds without eschewing on the artistic elements of the music.

He has performed in major venues in Madras, Bangalore, Delhi, Chicago, Toronto, San Diego, Phoenix, Miami, San Jose, and so on . An A - grade artiste of All India Radio and Doordarshan, Ganesh has been featured in a number of radio and TV events. Besides performing in tandem with cousin Ravikiran, he has also provided accompaniment for top-not artistes like T Mukta and Dr. M Balamuralikrishna in several concerts and recordings.

He toured the USA and Canada in 1997 as the lead instrumentalist in Ravikiran's music and dance production, Lakshmi Prabhavam. He is also one of the core members of Ravikiran's melodic ensemble, Vintage Virtuosos, and has been featured in 3 of their CD productions.

Ganesh has received recognition from major organizations like The Music Academy and Krishna Gana Sabha. Besides, he has shown promise as a composer too, having already created a few Varnams, Kritis, Tillanas and some instrumental pieces.