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Ghatam Giridhar Udupa

Ghatam Giridhar Udupa is one of the leading musicians in the world of rhythm. Thumping into the musical world at an age as tender as 4, Udupa has been mesmerizing the audience with his immaculate style and innate creativity.

Born into a family of music and literature, rhythm flows in his blood. After initial tutelage under his father and well-known Mridangist Ullur Nagendra Udupa, he is currently a disciple of Vidushi Sukanya Ramgopal and Vidwan V.Suresh.

Udupa, a commerce graduate, has treaded the path of music with a heart of an artist and the will of an innovator. His persistence for perfection has taken him to the league of the nation's most sought after percussionists.

Udupa performs on the Ghatam, the Indian claypot. He also performs on varied South Indian percussion instruments including Mridangam, Khanjira and Morsing. He renders Konnakol (syllables) with equal aplomb.

He has accompanied eminent musicians including Sarvashree Dr.L.Subramaniam, M.S.Gopalkrishna, R.K.Srikantan, Palghat Raghu, Ganesh and Kumaresh, Mysore Nagaraj and Manjunath, Mandolin Srinivas, Dr.N.Ramani, K.J.Yesudas, T.V.Gopalkrishna, T.V.Shankaranarayana, Madhurai T.N.Seshagopalan, Trichur V.Ramachandran, Hyderabad Brothers, O.S.Thyagarajan, T.M.Krishna, Neyveli Santhanagopalan, Unnikrishnan, Sanjay Subramanyam, Vijay Siva, Shashank, Kadri Gopalnath, Veenai Jayanthi Kumaresh, R.K.Suryanarayana, Bombay Sisters, Nithyashree Mahadevan, Sudha Raghunathan, Sowmya, M.S.Sheela, Aruna Sayeeram, Ranjinii & Gayatri.

Apart from playing authentic Carnatic Music, he has performed in many Fusion, Jazz, Blues, Flamenco, Symphony Orchestra, Celtic Music, World music and Jugalbandhi concerts and has been part of numerous International Music Festivals with renowned Indian Musicians like Dr.L.Subramaniam, Pandit Jasraj, Ganesh Kumaresh, Anindo Chatterjee, Sivamani, Amit Heri, Keith Peters and Kavitha Krishnamurthy and Western Musicians like John Neptune, Lewis Pragasam, Virginia Mayhew, Alex Rostotsky, and others. He has also worked with many leading music directors.

To take his music to the global audience, he has teamed up with Fabrice de Graef and Alain Genty to become part of the global band – “Nasha” that offers Celtic music fused rhythmically with Indian Percussions. Being the core percussionist for the band, Udupa adorns Celtic music with rich Indian rhythmic patterns. He is also a member of Poland based Flamenco Band “Indialucia” featuring Miguel Czachowski, Jan Kubek and Adam Glosnicki.He has performed live on the Berlin radio and recorded CDs for a leading German audio recording company Autogram.

Udupa is the first Indian percussionist to perform at the prestigious Krakow International Percussion Festival (2005). On a special invitation by the organizers, he also conducted a workshop on South Indian percussions and introduced the concept and practice of Indian rhythm to a global audience.

Udupa has given concerts under the auspices of prestigious Sabhas all over India and abroad, including USA, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland, France, Poland, Luxembourg, Re Union Island, Singapore, Dubai, Muscat and Kuwait.

Widening his horizons with extensive global touring, Udupa has enriched his music with nuances sought from all schools of music. Accolades have come from around the world. Music lovers celebrate the finesse of his fingering, the dexterity of his playing, the incomprehensible speed of his intricate rhythmic designs. His fingers simply fly around Ghatam, perennially holding surprises for the audience.

He has won many awards including Ananya Yuva Puraskara for the year 2002 as "Best Percussionist of the year " ,Aryabhata Award for the year 2000, "Vijaya Kalashree" title for the year 1997.


"Giridhar Udupa is a wizard on the Ghatam"
Deccan Herald

"The dexterity of ghatam playing by Udupa reminds
one of Vikku Vinayakaram"
The Hindu

"His fingers thump literally bursting crackers."
Deccan Herald

"Udupa, who is making forays into big concert circuits, is a joy to watch and listen to."
The Times of India

“His fingers thump literally bursting crackers.”
Deccan Herald


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