Our Guru Smt.Akila Shankar
Akila Shankar was born into a household where the fine arts were revered and considered an essential part of all-round development. Her mother, late Smt. Rajalakshmi and grandfather, late Sri. T. K. Kanakasabapathy, breathed music and never stopped learning – “eppodhum paatu smaranai”. Living in Bombay, they learned all forms of divine music, rich in thaalam and bhaavam, from Tirupughazh to abhangs. Akila had her formal Carnatic training from very passionate Gurus, Smt. Annapoorni Baskar and Smt. Sarayu Srinivasan, the prime disciple of Smt. Alamelu Mani.
Akila Shankar is a professionally trained Bharatanatyam dancer, groomed by Kalaimamani Sri T.S. Kadirvelu Pillai. She performed her Arangetram and continued to take lessons during her engineering studies.
Akila, an engineer by profession, started teaching music in 2008. Through her Geetanjali School of Music, she strives to give a strong foundation in Carnatic music to her students. Her students have participated regularly in and supported music-promoting organizations and fundraisers
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Guru Kum. Geeta Shankar
Geeta Shankar is a senior at UC Berkeley studying Data Science. She learns Carnatic vocal music from Guru Shri Neyveli Santhanagopalan. Geeta is the recipient of Carnatic Music Idol Junior 2011, IndianRaga Fellow 2014, Carnatic Music Idol Senior 2014, and Advanced Pallavi 2016. Other than Carnatic music, Geeta enjoys doing neuroimaging research at Stanford University School of Medicine and singing a capella through UC Berkeley’s South Asian premier collegiate team, Dil Se.
She also learned Veena from Smt Vijaya Balasubramaniam, and Sri Shrikanth Chary.