Ramesh is the leading disciple of Mridangam Maestro Sangita Kalanidhi Shri Vellore G. Ramabhadran and is the recipient of the prestigious ‘Laya Kala Rathna’ award for the year 2007, by Sriragam Fine Arts, Chennai. He was awarded the 1st rank in the preliminary AIR (All India Radio) Music Competition in the entire Southern Region of India in I984. He has performed at Music Academy and other Sabhas in Chennai on several occasions as well as numerous organizations abroad. Ramesh has the unique honor & privilege of performing in the inaugural show of Festival of India in US in New York State at Syracuse in 1986.
Prominent Carnatic musicians Ramesh has accompanied include, Sangita Kalanidhi R.K.Srikantan, Sangita Kalanidhi T.K. Govinda Rao, Sangita Kalanidhi B. Rajam Iyer, Senior Violin Vidwan Parur M.S.Anantharaman, Chitravina Ravikiran, O.S. Thyagarajan, Smt. Bombay Jayashree, Neyveli Santhanagopalan, Dr. Pramila Gurumurthy, Papanasam Ashok Ramani, Smt. S.Soumya & Carnatica Brothers among others.
Ramesh was part of the “Panchakriya Super JugalBandhi Ensemble” including Chitravina Ravikiran and Santoor Maestro Tarun Bhattacharya providing Mridangam support at multiple venues in N. America. He has also performed in JugalBandhi/Fusion concerts with Sitar Virtuoso Ustad Habib Khan, Tabla Maestro Pandit Swapan Chaudhri and in Jazz concerts with Guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque. Ramesh has researched and tried designing software named "Rhythm Generator” - with the goal of generating "rhythmic scores" for basic thalas, using simulation, modeling and AI (Artificial Intelligence) techniques as part of his B.Tech thesis in Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, India.
Ramesh’s style is noted for sensitivity to music and highly proactive support. He runs a percussion school “Sarvalaghu Percussion Art Center” in San Francisco Bay Area.
Shri. Vellore Ramabhadran's name is synonymous with the Sarvalaghu style of performing the South Indian drums "Mridangam". Born on August 4th, 1929 in Vellore, India, Ramabhadran began learning music at an early age of four. His unique style of accompaniment clearly distinguished him from other artists and he is the most sought after drummer by all leading musicians. Shri. Ramabhadran was fondly christened as Nadabhadran for his ability to infuse Nadam (melody) into his rhythm. In recognition of his immense contributions to the field of music,, Shri. Vellore Ramabhadran was conferred the title of Sangeetha Kalanidhi by the Music Academy, Madras.
Shri. Ramabhadran has also participated in Tala Vadya ensembles and Jugalbandis all over and abroad. At Music Academy during the Presidentship of Shri. D.K.Jayaraman he spoke on the technique of playing Mridangam especially for Kirtanas. He had also given demonstration lessons in USA and London.
It is not enough to appreciate Shri. Ramabhadran as a supporting artiste of eminence. In the world of instrumental music, it is rare to find an artiste of merit rolled into an accompanist as well as a solo player. Shri. Ramabhadran is cast into such a mould by his illustrious father Konnakol Shri Gopalachariar. His Thani in a concert is always short and sweet. It would always enhance the musical recital without the displaying of technical exuberance. It is his firm belief that a Mridangist shares one third responsibility in making a concert successful. His support with the audience is never dull and tedious expectations. No wonder he is sought after by leading musicians of different generations for more than six decades!
The unofficial praises showered by the giants of music world reveal his dexterity of handling the instrument, Mridangam. As early as 1975 - the Mridangam Maestro Palghat Sri Mani Iyer referred his skill as - "Brahma Layam" meaning, intuition to translate what he feels, to his fingers. The humorous Ariyakudi called him 'Nadhabhadran' when Ramabhadran was forced to play in the place of Palghat Shri Mani Iyer. These two honors sum up, what Shri. Ramabhadran is! Notwithstanding these decorations, Shri. Ramabhadran is unassuming and contended, beloved of rasikas as well as artistes.
Sarvalaghu Percussion Art Center was founded by Sri Ramesh Srinivasan in 1994 in the San Francisco Bay Area in USA. He is the leading disciple of Sangeeta Kalanidhi Sri Vellore Ramabhadran. Ramesh is a Networking Professional and an Entrepreneur in Bay Area; but his passion for Mrudangam was so great that he decided to spread this eternal art of Laya vadhyam to all those who were interested in learning this art form. This prompted him to start the Sarvalaghu Percussion Art Center, which is named in honor of the great Doyen of Mrudangam, Sri Vellore Ramabhadran( the Mentor and Guru of Sri Ramesh) whose Sarvalaghu Baani of playing has been a treat to all the Vidwans as also to the rasikas. For good music, ‘Sruti is the mother’ and 'rhythm is the father'- "Sruti Mata Laya Pita". Percussion instruments like Mrudangam enhance the quality of music rendered and Mrudangam is the only Percussion instrument that has been found in our scriptures and portrays Nandikeshwara as its greatest and first exponent. The aim of this center is to propagate the nuances of this percussion art to all people who have interest and passion to learn, develop and master this Laya Vadhyam.
This center has trained more than 50 students since its inception and is currently having about 20 active students in ages ranging from 5 to 62. They have exhibited their proficiency by participating in various programmes conducted in the Bay Area. The mile stone activity of the center was the unique performance of 'Laya Vinyasam' in which 12 students of the school, together, presented a very well appreciated Taala Vadhyam Program which received rave reviews! Some of the other noteworthy programmes conducted by the center in the recent past are:
The center has future plans to make it also a Research center for all Research pertaining to Percussion Instruments in general.
Advanced accomplished students are guided to imbibe the art of teaching. Several senior graduated students with sufficient proven teaching skills and experience are formally appointed as "Staff" of the school.
They are helping out in spreading this divine percussion art form to new students. After many years of proven teaching, they are promoted as "Teacher" of the school.
Ganapathiraman is a senior disciple of Sri.Ramesh Srinivasan, founder and director of Sarvalaghu Percussion Art Center and leading disciple of Mrudangam Maestro ‘Sangeeta Kalanidhi’ Sri Vellore G.Ramabhadran.
Varun Viswanath began his Mridangam lessons at the age of five, and for the past 10 years he has been under the tutelage of “Layakala Ratna” Sri. Ramesh Srinivasan of Sarvalaghu Percussion Arts Center, San Jose.
Akshay is a student of `Laya Kala Ratna’ Sri Ramesh Srinivasan, prime disciple of Mridangam Maestro Late Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sri Vellore G. Ramabhadran. Akshay has been learning for almost 9 years and has been performing in concerts and programs for the last 5 years
Srivatsan, a junior at Cupertino High School, has been learning Mridangam under the tutelage of Sri. Ramesh Srinivasan, director of of the Sarvalaghu Percussion Art Centre.
Vivek is a student of ‘Laya Kala Ratna’ Sri Ramesh Srinivasan and the Sarvalaghu Percussion Arts Center (SPAC) for the past 10 years.
Sathya has been learning mridangam for the past 6+ years from her father, Laya Kala Rathna Sri Ramesh Srinivasan, prime disciple of Sangeetha Kalanidhi Vellore G.Ramabhadran.