Melakaveri K. Balaji son of Mr and Mrs. Vijayalakshmi Krihnamurthy, and K. Krishnamurthy, graduated with a B.S. in English Literature from the Madras University. He hails from a family of musicians; his Father K. Krishnamurthy is a professional mridangam player; his grandfather, Melakaveri A. Kalyanaraman was a renowned Kanjira player. His younger brother is also a full time performing violin artist in Carnatic music.
Melakaveri K. Balaji had all of his training in Mridangam, (both initial and advanced levels of training) beginning at the age of 9 for well over 5 years, under the tutelage of his Father, renowned Mridanga Vidwan Melakaveri K. Krishnamurthy; he considers him not only as his Father but also as his Guru as well.
Balaji has been serving as a professional Mridangam Artist since he was 14 years old regularly accompanying almost all Senior/Junior Vidwans and Vidhushis both in their vocal and instrumental music concerts all over India and abroad.
Balaji has accompanied Mastroes like Padmabushan Dr. M. Balamurali Krishna, Sri T.V. Sankaranarayanan, Lalgudi Sri G. Jayaraman and G.J.R. Krishnan, Sri T.N. Krishnan, Sri M.S. Gopalakrishnan, Sri M. Chandrasekaran, Dr. N. Ramani, just to name a few.
He has been regularly participating as Mridangam accompaniment to music concerts held in the December season of every year in organizations such as Music Academy, Bharat Kalachar, Indian Fine Arts Academy, Narada Gana Sabha, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Karthik Fine Arts, Kapali Fine Arts, Nungambakkam Cultural Academy Trust and so on.
He is also a regular participant in the music concerts arranged by Bharat Cultural Integration Committee, which are telecast by Doordarshan Kendra, Madras as national telecast. He has also participated in several Lecture-Demonstration concerts hosted by SPICMACAY.
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