Ghatam Giridhar Udupa learned all of Carnatic music’s main percussion instruments - mridangam, kanjira, morsing, and ghatam - before settling on the latter. He studied under his father Ullur Nagendra ("from the time I opened my eyes I would hear my father practising and teaching") as well as Sukanya Ramgopal and V. Suresh, and considers T.H. ‘Vikku’ Vinayakram to be a mentor.
He is part of Layatharanga, a team of Indian classical musicians who blend different forms of classical and folk music, and his Udupa Foundation seeks to promote Carnatic music and cultural heritage.
"It is a simple clay pot. What amazes people is how such a pot can produce such good sound."
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