Vinay Mallikaarjun has been learning Carnatic Vocal Music from Smt. Usha Char for the past thirteen years. Vinay gave his three-hour vocal arangetram concert in August 2013, and has also given several vocal concerts in the USA, India, and Canada.
Vinay has also learnt Tabla for the past thirteen years from various Gurus, such as Shri Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma of Bangalore and most recently from world-renowned Pandit Samir Chatterjee of the Farukhabad Gharana. In addition, Vinay has been learning Mridangam and Kanjira from Sri Srinath Balasubramaniam of Bangalore for the past five years. Vinay has accompanied several leading artists such as Madurai G. S. Mani, T. S. Satyavathi, V. K. Raman, Pushpa Kashinath, Kiranavali Vidyashankar, and Sandhya Srinath, on both Kanjira and Tabla.
Vinay is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland-College Park, where he received his B.S. degree in Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics, and will soon be pursuing a Master of Science in Education degree at the University of Pennsylvania.