Naveen Basavanhally began his mridangam training at the age of ten under the tutelage of Sri Ramachandran Suresh of New Jersey. Since 2008, Naveen has received advanced training from mridangam maestro Kalaimamani Sri Guruvayur Dorai of Chennai. Naveen has had the privilege of performing at prestigious venues such as Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana and several leading sabhas during the Chennai December music season. He has accompanied various leading musicians, including Sri VK Raman, Smt. Alamelu Mani, Sri AS Murali, and Sri Sankaran Namboodhiri, to name a few. Naveen is currently pursuing a PhD in economics at the University of California, San Diego.