GHATAM MAESTRO SURESH VAIDYANATHAN HONOURED
Suresh Vaidyanathan is a GHATAM and multi-percussion artiste internationally acclaimed and respected for his in-depth knowledge of Indian rhythm, melody and technical supremacy in percussion. Trained by illustrious musicianPadmabhushan Awardee, Sangita Kalanidhi Dr T V Gopalakrishnan, Suresh has gained pre-eminence with his unique fingering techniques, sound modulation and aesthetic accompaniment and is credited with revolutionising the art of playing ghatam through his aesthetical aggressive style, a combination of two authentic schools viz, Palani Krishna iyers and Umayalpuram Kothandarama iyers.Suresh has had fundamental training in ghatam and other percussions under Sarvasri T R Harihara Sharma and Sri Vikku T H Vinayakaram. Sureshs exigent performances in classical concerts, Jazz festivals and Drum festivals with top musicians and drummers internationally, his luminous compositions and teaching abilities through regular workshops in Universities and music schools around the world, has brought him much deserving global respect. A Guinness Book of World Records holder for longest Healing concert Participation, Suresh has been performing regularly with reputed Jazz groups and World music bands world over apart from sharing the stage and blessed by stalwarts of carnatic music for more than three decades now. Majority of the next generation ghatam players today are students and inspired followers of Suresh Vaidyanathan. Holding a Masters degree in Rhythmology from University of Madras,Suresh also composes in world music and jazz tradition. Suresh has also recorded for Pop legend Paul Simon for his recent Album So beautiful or so what! He has been hailed as the Pele of Percussion and Inimitable Maverick on Clay pot, and Jonty Rhodes of Laya intricacies by reviewers and Critics. He is also a creative writer about music and Society and has penned many a poems in Tamil.