The Tamil Nadu State's Highest Civilian Awardee - Ustad Bismillah Khan KalaRatna Samman
Son & Disciple of Padmashri Pandit Dr. S.Ballesh & Disciple of Bharat Ratna Ustad Bismillah Khan & Padma Bhushan Ustad Rashid Khan
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Shri. PRAKASH BALLESH
Shri. Prakash Ballesh, Son and Disciple of Hindustani Vocalist and Shehnai Maestro Pandit Dr.S. Ballesh, Prakash Ballesh is General Secretary of Tansen Academy of Music Chennai (R) (Taan Institute).
He is done his Sangit Alankar from Akhila Bharatha Gandharava Mahavidyalaya and He has finished his Vidwath Anthim from Karnataka State Govt Music Exam and B. Music and M. Music from Karnataka University.
Prakash had his initial Hindustani Classical Music training from his grandfather Pandit Sanna Bharamanna and at 7 years old he started his musical training, learning Hindustani vocal Kirana gharana from the Late Pandit Dr. DP. Hiremath of M.K Hubli for nearly 10yrs.
Prakash is one of the early disciples of Pandit M.Venkatesh Kumar of Dharwad (Gwalior-Kirana Gharana Style), Later, He learnt Patiala Gharana Khayal Gayaki from his father Pandit S. Ballesh. Prakash is inspired by Voice culture and Gayaki Ang of Guruji Ustad Rashid Khan Sahab. Now presently, Under Ustadji's blessings.
Currently Prakash ballesh is guru of nearly 150students in chennai teaching Hindustani music. Prakash learnt the nuances of Tabla from Table Nawaz Ustad Nazim Hussain, son of Bharat Ratna Ustad Bismillah Khan. He multi skilled artiste playing Shehnai, Harmonium, Tabla, Dukkad (Banarasi Drums). He has accompanied his father Pandit S. Ballesh in many concerts with Vocal support and accompanied Harmonium for vocal concerts and also Dukkad (Banarasi Drums) for Shehnai concerts.
Having all these multi skills, he very much specializes in teaching. His way of making his pupils understand the foundation of music is unique and makes a very comfortable learning. He rigorously trains his students by making them sing toughest of alankars, a basic vocal exercise that creates a strong understanding about swaras and improves voice culture. He never discourages a student and makes even a non-singer into a trained singer. He follows a systematic approach by making the students take each step without any fear about music. He has received many honors and awards to his credits.