Akshay Anantapadmanabhan is a reputed mridangam (South Indian hand drum) Indian-American artist swiftly establishing himself as an independent musician and composer in addition to his presence in the Carnatic (South Indian classical) music domain. He has accompanied and toured with leading artists in the Carnatic music field throughout North America, Europe and Asia. His latest works have been focused on composing avant-garde productions around Indian rhythms and its interactions with visualizations, digital music and cross-genre (percussive-centric) collaborations.
Along with his musicianship, Akshay holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from The Cooper Union, New York. He has published several academic papers on the mridangam and kanjira in international Music technology journals in the area of music information retrieval and automated music generation through collaborations with NYUAD, NYU as well as IIT Madras. In April 2012, Akshay gave a TEDx talk using the mridangam as the medium to communicate the parallel between language and percussion. Akshay is the recipient of national awards in India and America including the “Best Mridangist” award from the Music Academy Madras, C.S. Murugaboopathy award from Krishna Gana Sabha, 2015 North America Young Musician Award, Dr. Vasantrao Deshpande Yuva Sangeet Pratiyogita Puraskar, and many others. He is also an educator of Carnatic percussion teaching both classical and multi-genre musicians.
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