Shri K. G. Vishwanath - Mridangam
Shri. K. G. Vishwanath (also known as Sriram Gopalakrishnan), is a highly accomplished ‘Mridangist‘ & ‘Percussionist’ with over 30 years of training. He underwent his initial training at the ‘The Fine Arts Music School’, Chembur under Shri. K. V. Maniappan, after which he had advanced training under Tirichy Shri. Raghava Iyer of Bharatiya Fine Arts and Late Padmasri Palghat Shri. R. Raghu.
Besides the Mridangam, he is also equally proficient in handling other Indian and western percussion instruments like Ghatam, Kanjira, Dholak, Cajon, Congo, Djembe, Tumba and Drums.
Under his numerous achievements, he accompanied renowned musicians, dancers as well as performed solo recitals at prestigious platforms like Sri Shanmukhananda, Nehru Centre, NCPA, Kala Ghoda Festival, the Bandra Fest, The Fine Arts Society, Indian Music Group (IMG), Bal Gandharva festival, Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan & other sabhas and institutions across India and abroad.
Shri Sriram has been a part of several concerts, jugalbandis and fusion shows with leading Carnatic, Hindustani Classical and Western vocalists/instrumentalists like Ustad Zakir Hussain, Balamurali Krishna, Pandit Jasraj, Shankar Mahadevan, Suresh Wadkar, Amit Trivedi, Ustad Fazal Qureshi, Pt. Suresh Talwalkar, amongst others.
Apart from this, he is an erstwhile member of the popular Indipop/fusion band “OM”, he is a member of the taal-vadya group “Soundarya Laya” as well as many such collaborative efforts in contemporary music. He is also a Founding Member of “72 by 35 Southern Street” – a unique Carnatic music band based out of Mumbai.
Under Scholarships & Awards, Shri Sriram was awarded the Title of “TAAL MANI” by Sur Singar Samsad & has acquired National Scholarship for advanced training in Mridangam from Padmasri Palghat Shri. R. Raghu.
Shri Sriram, is a Chartered Accountant by profession and ex Strategy head at Jet Airways. He is currently self employed as an aviation consultant and also mentor for several start ups.
Apart from providing rhythmical support to the dance school in India & here in USA, Shri Sriram is a warm & caring well-wisher, an important member as well as core advisor of the dance school for event planning & publicity. With a keen sense of rhythm and abundance of talent, Shri Sriram aims to reach the pinnacle of success in the world of traditional and contemporary music.