B. Ganapathyraman

B. Ganapathyraman, a well-known name in the carnatic music circles, hails from a prestigious lineage of musicians. He inherits his music from his father Sedhalapathi Sri. R. Balasubramanian, fondly adored as "Balu Mama" among the musicians and connoisseurs of music.

A child prodigy in laya, he took to mridangam play when he was barely 7 years old. Seeing his natural inclination to laya even when he was 3 years old, veteran mridangist Srimushnam Sri. V. Raja Rao initiated him into Mridangam play and blessed him by gifting a Mridangam.

He had the fortune of learning under Nagai Sri. Soundararajan. Later he was put under the able tutelage of "Laya Vadhya Kovida", "Laya Pithamaha" Kumbakonam Sri. Rajappa lyer and Srirangarajapuram Sri. Jayaraman.

Listing the great stalwarts he has accompanied, speaks volumes about his calibre and this list goes as follows: Sri. T. M. Thiyagarajan, Sri. D. K.Jayaraman, Madurai Sri. Somasundaram, Palaghat Sri. K. V. Narayanaswamy, Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna, Sri. T. K. Govinda Rao, Lalgudi Sri. G. Jayaraman, Sri. P. S. Narayanasamy, Chengalpattu Sri. Ranganathan, Anayampatti Sri. Ganesan, Sri. M. S. Gopalakrishnan, Sri. M. Chandrasekaran, Sri. T. V. Sankara Narayanan, Madurai and Sri. T. N. Seshagopalan.

Also he has played for senior female musicians like Smt. R.Vedavalli, Bombay Sisters, Smt. Parasala Ponnamma, Smt. Suguna Purushottaman and many other artists of repute. Today, he is one of the most sought after Mridangist among the present young generation of musicians.

A versatile artist, he had a firm grounding in playing for namasankeerthanam, wherein he has accompanied doyens like Mayavaram Sri. Krishnamurthy Bhagavathar, Srivanchiyam Sri. Ramachandra Bhagavathar, Pudkkottai Sri. Sanjeevi Bhagavathar with great Mridangam Maestro Mozhaiyur Sri. Ramamurthy lyer, when he was 7 years old.

He has also accompanied senior Harikatha exponent Smt. Kamala Murthy and many others.

He had the privilege of accompanying Thiruppugazh Mamani Guruji Sri. Raghavan for his Thiruppugazh bhajan for many years.

Awards and Titles:

  1. Aasthana Vidwan of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam,
  2. Best Mridangam Artist Award from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Music Academy, lndian Fine Arts, Mylapore Fine Arts,
  3. “Kalki” Award from Kalki,
  4. "Yuva Kala Bharathi" Award from Bharat Kalachar,
  5. "Nadha Oli" from Raga Sudha, and
  6. Cash award from Laya Madura of Umayalpuram Dr. K. Sivaraman.

He has travelled around the globe many times accompanying many artists of repute.