Arjun Ganesh Sankara Narayanan Jayalakshmi (Arjun Ganesh), born in Kumbakonam, a city well known for its rich musical tradition, Arjun Ganesh started learning mridangam at the age of five from notable mridangam Vidwan Poongulam Sri. R. Sabesa Iyer, who developed the Thiruvarur Bani (Method). Subsequently, he migrated to Chennai and became a full-time mrudangam artiste. He continued to learn the nuances of the instrument from Vidwan Poongulam Sri. S. Subramanian, son and senior disciple of Arjun’s first guru, Vidwan Sri. R. Sabesa Iyer. Today, Arjun is one of the most sought after artists of his generation.
He has been fortunate to accompany some of the senior most artists in the field such as Sri. T.K. Govinda Rao, Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna, Sri. T.V. Gopalakrishnan, Sri. T.V. Sankaranarayanan, Sri. O.S. Thyagarajan, Sri. Sanjay Subrahmanyan, Smt. Aruna Sairam, Malladi Brothers (Sri Ravikumar and Sri Sreeramaprasad), Neyveli Sri Santhanagopalan, Smt. S. Sowmya and Smt. Visaka Hariji, among others. He has also performed in prestigious venues in India and around the world, and has completed concert tours in Malaysia and the USA.
In addition to his career as a performing artiste, Arjun Ganesh imparts his mridangam knowledge on over forty students whom he has been training for the past seven years in Chennai. He holds an A-grade from All India Radio, Chennai, and has received the praise of rasikas and critics alike