" Kalaimamani"  Dr. Krishna Ballesh, Co - Founder & Director

               Kalaimamani Dr. Krishna Ballesh, son and disciple of Kalaimamani, Karnataka Kalashri Pandit Dr. S. Ballesh, Grandson of Hindustani vocalist and ShehnaiSamrat Pandit Sanna Bharamappa. He is disciples of world renowned Shehnai maestro Bharat Ratna Ustad Bismillah Khan and Hindustani Classical Vocalist Padmashri Ustad Rashid Khan Sahab and also from Padmashri Pandit M. Venkatesh Kumar (Guru-bandhu of Pt.Balleshji). Krishna is an adopted son of Yash Bharathi Ustad Nazim Hussain Bismillah Khan (younger son Ustad Bismillah Khan) and is treated as another grandson of Khan Saab.

   An Akashwani AIR "B - High" Grade Classical Hindustani Shehnai Artist and Hindustani Vocalist with specialization in Patiala Gharanas and also trained in Kirana, Gwalior Gharanas, Rampur Sahaswana Gharana and also a Ghazal Singer. He performs at all major music festivals in India and Abroad. Proudly he is also a Software Engineer

State Award

Kalaimamani Award 2020, The Tamilnadu State's Highest Civilian Award, Andhra Pradesh Government honored him with SriKalahasti Aasthana Vidwan Award in 2006, India Tourism Varanasi, Government of India conferred Ustad Bismillah Khan KalaRatna Samman 2021 Award in Benaras by Ustad Bismillah Khan's family members.

Kalaimamani Dr. Krishna Ballesh performing in Shridi Saibaba Temple.

He also received Surmani Puraskar, Shehnai Ratna, Bhajan Samrat, Pt Bhimsen Joshi Yuva Kala Puraskar, Yuva Kalavikas Puraskar, Sundari Samarat Yuva Kala Puraskar.

Krishnaji was conferred with "The Honorary Doctorate" D.Litt., (Honoris Cause) by The International Tamil University USA.

The father son duo played Duet Shehnai Piece in Hollywood film 'The Hunderd Foot Journey 2014"  for the Track-titled India Calling.

Government Invites to perform Vocal and Shehnai:

  • The Government of India, Ministry of Culture, invited Pandit Ballesh and his son Dr. Krishna Ballesh for Sangeet Sangam International Music Festival in 2021 (Senior Musicians) organised  Kendra Sangeet Nataka Akademi, Delhi. 

  • India Tourism Varanasi, Government of India and Ustad Bismillah Khan's family members invited Krishna Ballesh to perform for 105th Ustad Bismillah Khan Birth Anniversary in Banaras for Sabrang Utsav, along with Deepika Cultural Society of India, Varanasi.

Krishnaji did his Sangeet Alankar from Gandharav Mahavidyalaya, Bachelor's and Master’s Degree from Indira Sangeet Mahavidhyalaya, Khairagarh, MP, India. He completed his Sangeet Praveen and Sangeet Prabhakar from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad, India. He has played Shehnai for many Indian Composers including  Mellisai Manner MS. Viswanathan, Maestro Ilaiyaraaja , Oscar Winner AR.Rahman and Bahubali MM. Keeravani. He is also playing for upcoming film Composers of India and is singing for many Background Scores, Devotional and  Private Albums.

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