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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Composers Day

Shruti Laya’s composers day to take place on 14th of December at the PS 115 auditorium.   Support your local music students by showing up and encouraging them.   Free event.

Jiva Gala!

The sixth annual Jiva Gala taking place on Thursday 14th at 6.30pm at the wonderful DAG gallery with special guests Nitin Madan (film maker) and Apoorva Mudhgal (singer/song writer). Support Indian performing arts in NY – become a patreon….

Coming soon: on-line booking

Students will have the opportunity to book lessons on-line.  Coming soon.

Flute Raman’s Concert

I have the pleasure of accompanying Flute Raman and Srikanth Malla on Violin at the Chinmaya Vrindavan on Saturday 28th at 3.30 pm.  For more details please visit

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