Ghatam Karthick

Ghatam KarthickAs a kid, Karthick had fascination and obsession towards the humble pot instrument, which brought the great fortune to be under the guidance of Ghatam Maestro Shri.’Vikku’ T.H. Vinayakram and Legendary Genius Shri. T.H. Subash Chandran. With the tutelage of Gurus of this caliber, a firm foundation was laid for an illustrious music career.

As one of the most preferred artiste, Ghatam Karthick has accompanied almost all top-ranking artistes in the Carnatic music front. Graded 'A' in All India Radio, Chennai, Ghatam Karthick has also been part of National Sangeeth Sammelans, National Programs of Music, South Zone Hook-ups, Invited audience concerts both in All India Radio & Doordarshan. Karthick has also performed with varied artistes in numerous Cassette and CD recordings and Private Channels. Karthick has traveled all over the world with his wonder pot performing in various prestigious venues including the ‘United Nations’.

Karthick leads the percussion based Indian musical ensemble “heArtbeat” that has been highly acclaimed by press and public. Karthick also records and performs prolifically in settings as varied as traditional Indian classical music, jazz, rock, blues, flamenco and fusion. Karthick has given articulate lecture-demonstrations and workshops at various institutions in India & abroad.

Karthick has been a part of many fusion ensembles collaborating with international artistes and features frequently as one of the most in-demand percussionists in the Indian film industry for top film composers like Ilayaraja, A.R.Rahman, Harris Jayaraj, Bharardwaj, Vidyasagar and also for Tele-Serials.

Karthick has been a recipient of many Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards. He also involves in many humanitarian activities like blood donations and supports philanthropic organizations. All these facets have earned a special place in the hearts of rasikas.


Ghatam Karthick is a proud student of the famous “ Red Building ” Hindu Higher Secondary School, Triplicane, Chennai-5. Ghatam Karthick holds an M.A. and M. Phil Degree in Sanskrit, and has submitted his PhD thesis guided by Dr. S. Ramaratnam, former Principal and Head of the department of Sanskrit, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda College, Mylapore, Cheanni-4. Ghatam Karthick secured University Second Rank in both B.A. and M.A. His topic for dissertation in M. Phil 'Percussion Instruments in Sanskrit Literature' was certified as highly commended.

Ghatam Karthick has regularly contributed articles to journals, websites, seminars, souvenirs & presented papers in prestigious seminars and symposiums. Currently, he is pursuing his M.A. in Indian Music Department in the University of Madras.


Title of “ YUVA KALA BHARATHI “ from Bharat Kalachar, Chennai.
Title of “ NAADA OLI “ from Nada Inbam, Chennai.
Title of “GHATA NAADA MANI” from Jagadguru Sri.Sankaracharya Swamigal
FELLOWSHIP from Department of Culture, Government of India.
AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE from Maharajapuram Sri Viswanatha Iyer Trust.
AWARDED BEST GHATAM ARTISTE from Indian Fine Arts Society.
AWARDED BEST GHATAM ARTISTE Prize from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha.
AWARD OF EXCELLENCE from Shanthi Arts Foundation (SAFE), Chennai.
KALKI MEMORIAL AWARD from Kalki Weekly, Chennai
UPA PAKKA VADYAM AWARD from Sri Narada Gana Sabha.


Ghatam Karthick has been around the world numerous times, accompanying stalwarts and stars. He has also been overseas featured as a guest artiste in various orchestras and symphonies. He has lead his own heartbeat ensemble carrying the legacy of Indian rhythm. He has traveled to countries: - UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, CANADA, UNITED KINGDOM, SOUTH AFRICA, BELGIUM, DENMARK, AUSTRIA, ITALY, SWEDEN, GERMANY, FRANCE, SWITZERLAND, NETHERLANDS, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, OMAN, DUBAI, BAHRAIN, SINGAPORE, MALAYSIA and SRILANKA.


Karthick's greatest encouragement and support have been his parents Sri. E. V. S & Smt.Padma Subramaniam. Karthick's father was a visionary in the sense that he was far ahead of his times and predicted things for Karthick and what ever Karthick is today is all because of his father Late Sri. E.V.Subramaniam, who believed strongly that his son, would become a virtuoso performer. He encouraged Karthick in each and every move. Affectionately called 'EVS Mama' was a pleasing personality to all Karthick's friends and was admired by all. He continues to bless Karthick from Heaven.

Karthick's mother, Smt. Padma is a good vocalist, having studied at the Thiruvananthapuram Music College and Central College of Carnatic Music, Madras. She has given vocal concerts, also sings for dance recitals frequently, apart from training students at home. She enhances his compositions by her deft changes. She is the source for Karthick’s Sangeetha Gnanam.

Karthick's loving wife Anjana is a perfect homemaker and takes care of all his assignments. An understanding teacher, she trains students in all subjects at home. Anjana has a good ear for all kinds of music and provides good encouragement and support in all his endeavors and is an excellent critic. She gives suitable suggestions at appropriate times to help him grow in strength and stature.

Karthick's son K.Sarvesh is a most fanatic rasika of him and the most obsessed and possessive commentator. He wishes him ‘Good luck' whenever Karthick starts for a concert or a recording and greets him with a big smile whenever he returns from a concert. Sarvesh is doing his UKG in Padma Seshadri Balabhavan Senior
Secondary School, K.K. Nagar. He learns mridhangam from Poongulam Sri.Subramanian and is an avid participant in all school cultural events.

Karthick's one-year-old little daughter is K.Sravishta; just born on August 10th, 2004 smiles big at her proud father, to convey him further fortune. As of now, Sravishta seems to be a potential artiste dancing to Superstar Rajnikanth’s hit-songs.


Karthick is also very active in humanitarian activities such as blood donations. He has donated 30 times till September 2005. He has also pledged his eyes after his death with Sankara Nethralaya. Karthick also lends his support for philanthropic organizations like Spastic Society of India, Lions Club, Rotary club etc. Karthick participates in benefit concerts for Earthquake victims, Kargil Soldiers, Flood relief, Cancer cure, Fund raising concerts for School Building fund etc.

Hobbies and Passions

Karthick relishes watching TV just happily, as his best relaxation. Enjoys his ride, on Chennai roads, in his favorite Kinetic Honda. He enjoys watching MGR films and Mythological Telugu movies and listens to MKT, TMS, SPB and C.S.Jayaraman songs. Karthick is a Great fan of GNB, Balamurali, S.Kalyanaraman and Ilayaraja’s music and feels happy to listen to Phil Collins & Sinead O Connor.

Karthick is also an amateur actor, humorist, lyricist and painter. He has acted in TV dramas in school days, as Emperor Akbar in an opera conducted by Smt.Charumathi Ramachandran and has actively involved himself in the ‘Samskrita Ranga' participating in the Sanskrit dramas. His sense of humour, enthusiastic participation and witty answers won him great admiration in the TV shows like Nayyandi Durbar, Ari-Giri Assembly etc. He has also been a Guest Speaker in the Humour Club International. Karthick has also modeled for an advertisement for RPG Mobile Phone.....

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