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Nirmal Narayan


Nirmal Narayan is a disciple of Sangeetha Kalanidhi Dr. Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman. Nirmal has accompanied eminent senior vidwans and popular upcoming artists alike, such as Dr. N. Ramani, Prof. T.N. Krishnan, Sri T.V. Sankaranarayanan, Chitravina Sri Ravikran, Smt. Ranjani and Smt. Gayathri, to name a few. He performs regularly in leading Carnatic sabhas, and has received numerous awards, including the "Best Concert" prize from The Music Academy, Chennai during the December Margazhi music festival. Other awards and titles include "Yuva Kala Bharati" from Bharat Kalachar, "Best Performer for Mrudangam" by Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha, and "Azhiyoor Natesa Endowment Prize" from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, among others. As a mrudangam teacher, Nirmal was selected as a "Master Artist" by the Alliance for California Traditional Arts. Nirmal earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business. He currently works as management consultant in Seattle, Washington, where he continues to teach mrudangam, as well as perform in concerts both in North America and abroad.