It takes 30 seconds to get mesmerised by twins Sriram and Ganesh Balasubramanian singing. It is as much a pleasure to hear their Carnatic-trained voices as it is to witness the chemistry between the brothers. Born and brought up in Singapore, music prodigies, are now building a career halfway across the world in the glamour capital of the world, Los Angeles.
Their father Bala Narayanan, a mridangam player himself, got his sons enrolled in SIFAS when they were little. The musical brothers took to Carnatic music like fish to water and never looked back. In addition to Carnatic music, the Bala brothers have trained in Western Vocals, and have found their own unique eclectic sound of strict adherence to classical vocals infused with a distinctively modern sound.
Recipients of the prestigious Berklee Asia Scholarship from Singapore, they graduated from Berklee College of Music, Boston’s Class of 2021, and have since moved to Los Angeles to develop their music. Some of their notable performances include being chosen as lead singers of the Berklee Indian Ensemble. They sang a Qawwali song composed by Ustad Zakir Hussain, with the maestro himself playing the tabla.
The twins are students of Carnatic Music Maestro Abhishek Raghuram and started learning music under eminent musicians and Gurus NR Prashanth and Poorna Pragna Rao at Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society (SIFAS), and Srividya Sriram.
Watch Sriram and Ganesh Bala talk about their musical journey and plans for the future.