Ashwinn Balachandran is the son and disciple of Mridanga Vidwan Toronto B Shri Gowrishanker Balachandran. He is also has the distinction of learning from his guru’s guru Mridanga Mastero Shri Thiruvaarur Bakthavastsalam. Ashwinn has won several prizes from music competitions conducted by several organizations. He won first prize in the Mridangam competition conducted by the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana in 2013. He participated in a Carnatic Symphony at the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana organized by Musiguru in 2013. He has won several prizes from the Papanasam Sivan competition in Toronto. Ashwinn is a grade 11 student this year at Pickering High School.