Bala Skandan is a performer, educator and composer of Carnatic music. He performs both on the Mridangam (double-headed drum) and violin (Carnatic style). He also highlights the beauty of Kanjira (frame drum) and konnakkol (vocal rhythm) in his compositions as well as in performances. He is the lead artist and composer of Akshara Music Ensemble, a NY based Indian-classical music inspired band. Bala Skandan lives in Brooklyn and teaches actively.

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Vocal lessons with Deepika

Deepika V is available to take Carnatic vocal lessons.  If interested please email below.

July Newsletter

The July newsletter is out – here is a link to the email

July Newsletter



You can now take Ghatam lessons from Chandrasekara Sharma

Known fondly as Ghatam Chandru, vidwan Chandrasekara Sharma is an established Ghatam artist based in Chennai.  You can now book lessons with him via this website.

On-line booking

You can now book lessons on-line for vocal, violin, mridangam, kanjira, ghatam and konnakkol.   Visit the ‘classes’ page and log in with your credentials.  If you are new to the school, you can register on the same page and follow the instructions.  The teaching schedule is flexible so you can book lessons based on yours and the teacher’s availability.

Carnatic music in Lima from Dec 10-19, 2019

I will be holding workshops and performing in Lima this December.

Konnakol Workshop

I will be conducting a two-day Konnakol workshop with Aalokam focusing on the nuances of talam and vocal percussion for bharatanatyam dancers.

Jiva Gala

Jiva Gala at the DAG at 6.30 pm.  41 E 57th Street, NYC

Akshara at the CT Indian Music Festival

Akshara performance at the Ferguson Library in Stamford