Bala Sankar

Born and brought up in Sydney, Bala grew up listening to carnatic music and has now been involved in the Sydney classical Indian performing arts community for over 20 years. His first public performance came at the age of five, when he sang at one of Sydney’s earliest Thyagaraja Utsavams; however, his true yearning was to learn the mrdangam. The opportunity came many years later and Bala has since become one of Sydney's most highly sought after mrdangists.

Having pursued the Mrdangam much on his own accord, Bala has built a strong repertoire, keenly observing the great maestros of the art. Over the years, Bala has received guidance from many senior Mrdangam Vidwans, including Sri K. R. Ganesh, Sri Tanjavur Murugaboopathy, Sri Srimushnam Raja Rao and the auspicious tutelage of Sri Vellore Ramabhadran and the late Sangeetha Kala Acharya Kumbakonam Sri Rajappa Iyer.

Bala has accompanied several of Sydney’s most noted Indian Classical performers and his extensive on-stage experience includes the privilege of accompanying some of India’s top artists and great legends of Carnatic music in recent years, having performed on Tabla and Mrdangam throughout Australia, India and internationally.