Ajay Gopi started learning Mridangam from his father Sri. Gopi Lakshminarayanan, disciple of late Sri. Kumbakonam NarayanaSwamy Iyer. He also gets additional training from Sri. Kallidaikurichi Sivakumar, disciple of Sri. Palghat Raghu. Ajay had his arangetram on July, 2013 with Sri. Neyveli Santhanagopalan on the vocal and Sri. Hemmige V. Srivatsan on the violin. Ajay played junior level concerts during December Music Season, 2013. Ajay has accompanied senior artists such as Chinmaya Sisters, Sri. Hemmige V. Srivatsan (violin) , Sri. Mohan Rangan (Flute), Sri Hari Devanath and Sri Vivek Sundararaman, Sri Mahidar Tirumala (Veena), Arjun and Narayanan Keyboard (disciple of Ravikiran and U. Srinivas) and Smt. Padmaja Kishore (Daughter of T.K. Govinda Rao). Ajay regularly accompanies younger upcoming artists in bay area in organizations such as Swara Lahari, Carnatic Chamber Concerts, Lotus, SR Fine Arts, Nandhalala and Trivalley music circle. Ajay has won many Mridangam competitions such as Cleveland Aradhana, Tambaram Music Circle (India), Papanasam Sivan competitions, OSAAT, Nada nritya, etc.
HCMA organizes Carnatic music concerts in the greater Los Angeles area, with a mission to promote young and upcoming artistes and foster a community of music lovers