Sri D. Balakrishna is the son and disciple of Padmabhushana Dr. V. Doreswamy Iyengar - veena artiste par excellence of the glorious Mysore school of veena playing, synonymous with the great veena Sheshanna.

He underwent rigorous training under the tutelage of his father since childhood. He has given innumerable duet performances with his father as well as critically acclaimed solo performances in India and abroad. The highlights of his artistry lie in his natural flair for purity of notes, raga opulent with mellifluousness and bhava, expertise in rhythm and smoothness of style. He enjoys the distinction of performing as a Top grade artiste of All India Radio and brought laurels to Karnataka by performing numerous national programmes on AIR and Doordarshan.

Balakrishna aims at preserving and sustaining the authentic classicism of the Mysore veena tradition (a k a Mysore Baani) for the posterity. In this endeavour he is grooming disciples of whom several are currently well known AIR artistes and concert performers.

He obtained his M Sc degree from Bangalore University and currently an employee of Reserve Bank of India (RBI).