Ganesh Anandan is an Indian percussionist active in musical fields ranging from traditional Carnatic to contemporary improvised music. He studied the kural (bamboo flute) and the mridangam (trad. percussion instrument) in his native city of Bangalore, India, before moving 1976 to Canada, where he studied piano and western percussion and began his prolific musical career. As an experimental luthier Ganesh started building Percussion Shruti Instruments in 1995 based on the Indian 22 interval octave. He built the electric 6 and 12 string shruti stick, which he usually prepares to obtain a wider sonic palette of tonal and percussive sounds and developed unique personal playing techniques including transposed Carnatic finger drumming style on these instruments.
Ganesh has worked with a variety of international artists and ensembles including: Ensemble Modern (for which he wrote a piece in 2005), Conny Bauer, Hans Reichel, Omar Sosa, Malcolm Goldstein, Glen Velez, Bob Brozman, Glen Moore, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Ramachandra Borcar, Ramesh Shotham, Karnataka College of Percussion, Debashish Bhattacharya, sculptor Pascal Dufaux and in the field of theater & dance: Nouveau Théâtre Expérimental, Robert Lepage, Margie Gillis and many others. He has recorded numerous CD’s and has been commissioned to compose music for various Film, Theatre and Contemporary Dance projects. www.fingerworks.org
Ganesh performed on the Procrustean Bed series with “uproot”.