Awards and Accolades

Sri Balakrishna is the worthy recipient of many prestigious awards and honors.

  1. Honored as the "Best Veena Player" from Madra Music Academy in the years 1979, 1991, 1996, 2006 and 2008.

  2. Conferred the title "Ganakalshri" from the Karnataka Gana Kala Parishat in 1997.

  3. Received "Puttachar Memorial Award" from the percussive art centre, Banaglore in 1997.

  4. The "Gana Kala Parishat" honour for presenting the best concert at their annual music conference 2002.

  5. Best lecture demonstration of pallavis given by the Karnataka Gana Kala Parishat at their annual music conference 2003.

  6. He is an "Asthana Vidwan" of Kanchi Kamakoti Samsthanam, Kanchipuram.

  7. He is a "Top Grade Artiste" on ALL INDIA RADIO and Dooradarshan.

International Acclaim

It is creditable that Sri D Balakrishna has taken the flavour of carnatic classical music to foreign shores. As part of his father’s Pancha veena troupe he traveled to Russia in 1987. The year 1988 saw him winning a wide audience in Britain while accompanying his father. Again in the 1991 prestigious Festival of India in Germany he participated successfully in the Pancha veena programme under his father’s guidance. His 2002 tour of the USA was an impressive musical voyage showcasing the unique elegance of the Mysore veena tradition. He represented the Govt. of Karnataka in the Vishwa Kannada Sammelana held in 2006 at Washington, USA and was lauded by the audience for his enchanting performance.