- Karthic Kailas
Karthic Kailas has been learning the divine art of mridangam for the past 17 years. He has been accompanying leading musicians in their concerts locally and abroad for over a decade now. Karthic is a premier disciple of Shri Vasuthevan Rajalingam; director of Mridanga Shesthiram School of Percussion in Toronto. He is also currently under the guidance and tutelage of Vidhwan Shri. Trichur C. Narendran.
He has had the privilege of accompanying several eminent musicians including the likes of N. Vijay Siva, P. Unnikrishnan, Hyderbad Brothers, OS Thiyagarajan, Dr. S Sunder, Carnatica Brothers, RK Shriramkumar, Embar S. Kannan, BV Ragavendra Rao, VV Ravi, BU Ganeshprasad, Nagai Sriram and many others. His first concert tour of the United States was with Vidwan HN Bhaskar in a set of Violin Duet Concerts. Since then he has been featured in numerous concert tours across North America with visiting musicians.
As he is equally versed in kanjira, he has played alongside many renowned mridangists including Poovalur Sriji, J. Vaidyanathan, Bangalore V. Arjun Kumar and Mannargudi A. Eswaran providing kanjira accompaniment at a high degree of competence. He has played in numerous concerts and arangetrams in North America as well as many prestigious music festivals including the Madras Music Season and Cleveland Thyagarja Aradhana. He has received numerous awards and accolades from distinguished vidwans. As a devout student and rasika, Karthic is keen on doing his part to serve the arts.
He is in his final year of studies at the University of Waterloo, pursuing a degree in Economics and Finance. Professionally he looks to pursue a career in Investment Banking and Corporate Finance.