Gaayatri Kaundinya is an Indian Classical vocalist of the Baba Allauddin Maihar-Senia Gharana, having trained under the esteemed Ustad Ali Akbar Khan for 14 years. Her Grandfather influenced her in developing her passion for Indian Classical music. At age two, she proclaimed she would one day learn from the master artist of her favorite childhood CD, “Journey.” At the age of 4, this dream came true for her. She has been performing since age 7. Recently, with the blessings of Smt. Annapurna Devi, she spent time at the Sangeet Research Academy in Kolkata studying under the accomplished Padmashree Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar. Under his guidance, she has been learning how to fuse the gayaki ang of Hindustani voice into her own training from Baba Ali Akbar Khan. She has also studied with the late Smt. Lakshmi Shankar. She presents a unique blend of Dhrupad ang, khyaal gayaki, and beenkar bani with her music. She is currently a senior at the University of California at Los Angeles, as well as the founder and director of Avartan festival for the last three years.
Ram Kaundinya has been a tabla student at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael for 11 years now. His musical training was initiated by the great Ustad Ali Akbar Khan when he was 5 years old in the traditional gandabandan manner. He started studying tabla with Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri at the AACM and has been learning for 11 years. He has been a regular performed in various world music festivals, including the San Francisco World Music Festival. He also performs at jazz clubs, and is a regular performer at the AACM. He is a junior at Marin Academy high school in San Rafael, CA.