Mridangist Shiva plays his way to success

The Indian tradition and culture is being preserved not only by Indians in our home land but also the Indian diaspora who have shifted their base overseas. One of the shining stars in the musical horizon is Shiva who has been learning Mridangam from the tender age of 5. He had his initial training under his father, Sri. Shankar Viswanathan, and at present he is under the tutelage of Guru Sri. T H SubashChandran a renowned ghatamvidwan. Shiva has been part of  the ‘Sankara Drumming Group’ performing at various local events in Oregon,  USA over the past years.Not stopping with this he has played with Middle Eastern group called Seffraine and with the Portland State University choir group under the guidance of Dr. Ethan Sperry. He has also played in jazz fusion concerts with saxophonist Lyndsey Sherman. He is also a sought-after mridangist in Oregon/Washington for Bharatanatya/ Kuchupidi Arangetrams.

He has accompanied violinist Sri. H N Bhaskar in the recently releasedcds -  ‘Rhythmic Melodies’ and ‘Conscious Sleep’. Shiva wants to explore the myriad facets of percussion and thus forayed into different genres.

The young mridangist wants to scale great heights in mridangam and is aspiring to create a nice in the hearts of music lovers and aficionados.

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