Pandit Dr. S. Ballesh – Founder
An Internationally celebrated Shehnai Artist and (Patiala Gharana) Vocalist, Ghazal singer, “Shehnai Chakravarthy” Pandit Dr. S.Ballesh, He hails from MK Hubli town Belgaum district) Karnataka. He is disciple of world renowned Shennai Maestro Bharatratna Ustad Bismilah Khan. Initiated into music by his father Pandit Sanna Bharamanna he continued to learn under the guidance of his uncle Pandit Dodda Bharamanna. He further trained under Guru Dr.DP Hiremath, Kirana Gharana and Patiala Gharana from Pandit Kodanda Singh Salunke Maharaj. He was conferred with "The Honorary Doctorate" D.Litt., (Honoris Cause) by The International Tamil University USA.
Panditji was blessed to train under the guidance of Padmabushan Pandit Dr.Puttaraja Gawai (gadag) Gwalior Gharana- Kirana Gharana. His training was complete with his induction into the Banaras Gharana under Bharatratna Ustad Bismillah Khan Saheb. As his foremost disciple, he also accompanied him for several years.
Panditji is also renowned Hindustani classical vocalist and Ghazal singer and has been the preferred musician for many music Directors in Bollywood, Tollywood, Mollywood, Kollywood and all languages across India (such as Maestro Naushad Ali, Maestro MS. Viswanathan, Maestro Ilaiyaraaja, Oscar winner A. R. Rahman and MM.Keeravani).
Panditji has also played for Hollywood music directors and has also collaborated with International musicians in recordings. He has also sung many Hindustani Alaaps and played shehnai for more than 10,000 background-score's for films and 45,000 film songs and around 50,000 devotional songs. He had also sang several songs along with noted singers like K.J.Yesudas, S.Janaki, Ilaiyaraaja, S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, MM. Keeravani and A.R. Rahman .
As a performing musicians - he has played in many prestigious Music Festivals and collaborated with senior musicians for Jugalbandis - both Carnatic and Hindustani Notably, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhat (MohanVeena), Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan (sitar), Pt Atul Kumar Upadhaya (violin), Ustad Shafique Khan (sitar), Vidwan G J R Krishnan (violin) and he been accompanied by Tabla Wizards of India like Pandit Subhankar Banerjee and Pandit Yogesh Samsi. He has also performed in India as well as many other countries.
He has received many awards like Radio Mirchi Jury award, Sangit Samrat, Shehnai Samrat, Shehnai Ratna, Sangeet Ratna, KIMA Film Awards, Sanaadi Apanna Kala puraskar. He is the only Shehnai player who represents Shehnai from South India.