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GHATAM Suresh Vaidyanathan
Artist
India
Influences: India , Middle Eastern
Genres: jazz, world, fusion, classical
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ABOUT
SURESH VAIDYANATHAN

Suresh Vaidyanathan is a GHATAM and multi-percussion artiste internationally acclaimed and respected for his in-depth knowledge of Indian rhythm and technical supremacy. Trained by illustrious musicians like T R Harihara Sharma, T H Vinayakaram and Dr T V Gopalakrishnan and Umayalpuram Narayanaswamy iyer, Suresh has gained pre-eminence with his unique fingering techniques, sound modulation in and aesthetic accompaniment. , Suresh’s exigent performances with top drummers internationally, his luminous compositions and teaching abilities, has brought him global respect through Jazz festivals to drum festivals and from Universities to music schools around the world.

Suresh has performed in the company of legends Dr Balamurali Krishna, Ustad Alla Rakah, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Guruji T V Gopalakrishnan (Suresh’s Guruji),, T V Sankaranarayanan, Guru Karaikkudi Mani(who hails Suresh as ‘Numero Uno’ in the current generation), Palghat Raghu, Umayalpuram Sivaraman, Trichy Sankaran, Tarun Battacharya, Viswamohan Bhat, Bickram Ghosh .

Suresh has been performing regularly with reputed Jazz groups like Australian Art Orchestra, Universal World music ensemble and Noisy Mama,all of jazz and world music genres, sharing the stage with Guitarists - Larry Coryell, Peter Sprague, Pianist - Paul Grabowsky, Trombone wizard Adrien Sherief , Saxophonists -Sandy Evens, George Brookes, Drummers Pete Lockett, Taffa Cissé, Greg Ellis, Carola Grey, Percussionists – Zohar Fresco, Vannessa Tomilnson, Alisandro Tomasitti and Composer Eero Hämeenniemi.

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 a lyricist.

Titles Given to Suresh Vaidyanathan:

Asthana vidwan of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham

Asthana vidwan of Sri Ahobhila mutt

Asthana vidwan of Sri Datta Avadootha Peetham, Mysore

Layavaadya Sironmani,

Laya Seva Abhimani,

Laya vadya Chatura,

Nada oli.