Srinath is a highly versatile percussionist with varied styles blended rhythmically into one! He comes from a very rich lineage of Mridangam exponents, who have nurtured his musical journey.
- Initiated into this art form by Late Sri. Krishnan (disciple of Late Palghat Sri. Mani Iyer) at Rishi Valley School, Andhra Pradesh, India for 3 years.
- Received intensive guidance for 5 years under Sri. R. Ramesh, a top ranking artist of All India Radio, Chennai (disciple of Maestro Sri. Karaikudi Mani) in Chennai.
- Advanced with further training under Maestro Sri. Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman in 1998
- Blessed with such diverse styles, he has uniquely combined the kannaku (math) and naadham (sound) aspects from various styles of his gurus.
He has performed for numerous budding artists for Vocal, Instrumental and Dance arangetrams. He has led many Jugalbandi and TaalaVaadya Concerts to showcase the solo percussion aspects.
He has various recordings and has given lecture-demonstrations on ‘LAYAM’ at Universities and Organizations.
In 2006, he presented a TaalaVaadya concert titled “Music Through Membranes”. This featured many of his students from east coast and showcased the Mridangam to sound like Music, and not just a Percussion instrument alone.
Being a recipient of the PG Arts award and MSAC Artist Awards, he has over 25 years of concert experiences and is an extremely well sought after artist for Music and Dance Concerts. He has accompanied the topmost senior artists performing in India, Canada, Zambia, Singapore and the US.
He has been teaching students for the past 23 years and successfully trained many students, who currently play Mridangam, Ghatam, and Kanjira actively in various music circles.
Some of Srinath’s rhythmic compositions include:
- PushPaanjali in Khanda Chapu
- Adi Talam tani-avarthanam composed and played on the Mridangam, Konnakol and Kanjira with Jathis and Korvais
- “Vinayakam” invocation piece presented by his students at Bay Area local music events