KALÃ PAYANA | a journey in art

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The inspiration for this artful journey comes from renowned Mrudangam artiste Vidwan Ullur Nagendra Udupa. One of the few percussion artistes from the Karavali region in Karnataka, Udupa started his career as a Yakshagana artiste and embarked on a new payana in percussion art, after migrating from his home village to Bangalore with meagre resources. His determination and dedication to music brought him to the center stage of Carnatic classical percussions. With performances in over 5,000 concerts, Udupa is a keen teacher, dedicated to impart his knowledge to young learners. It was for this reason that he started an institution for training students in 1975.

His son and disciple, Ghatam Giridhar Udupa, an internationally renowned Ghatam player, is keen to take his father's legacy higher and deeper. He has now conceptualised and set up "Udupa Foundation" with an objective to disseminate the inherited traditions of India to a larger audience.

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