special guest artist
Mahesh Krishnamurthy started learning mridangam at the age of 7 under Thattha Mangalam Chandra Sekhar Menon at Palghat, Kerala. He then studied under Shekaripuram Ramakrishnan at Palghat. He continued his mridangam training in Mumbai under the guidance of the eminent Vidhwan Karaikudi Chandramouli, who groomed him to be a concert player for over a decade. Krishnamurthy has received advanced training under the mridangam maestro Karaikudi Mani in Chennai. He has accompanied leading musicians, including Mandolin Srinivas, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Pandit Jasraj, among others. Krishnamurthy is deeply motivated by Dr. L. Subramaniam, who has immensely encouraged him in his endeavors and has been playing with him over the last 17 years.