Mahesh Vinayakram son of ghatam legendary Padmabhushan T.h.Vikku Vinayakram today is one of the leading artists in the field of Carnatic and world music. He started his career as a SOLO VOCALIST at the age of 12,& he is a senior disciple ( shisya ) of Smt.Radha Viswanathan daughter of Bharath ratna Smt.M.S.Subbulakshmi and continuing the Semmangudi parampara (bhani) of sangita pithamahar.shri.semmangudi srinivasa iyer in Carnatic music presentation. He had opportunities to get vocal lessons from Gurus like Shri H.Y. Narayanan, Shri O.S. Thiagarajan, smt. Savithiri Sathyamurthy, Shri. Bhagavathulu Seetharama Sarma (Kalapeetham, Chennai).
Being a master degree holder in sociology & secretaryship from madras university and annamalai university, his passion was always for music.
Having performed in all metro cities as solo carnatic performer in concerts in major sabhas, He has also trained himself as a contemporary Singer for various world class musicians like ustad zakir hussain, stevesmith, sandeep raval, talvin singh, georgebrooks, kai, james asher, jonas hellborg,shawn lane,pete lockett, and world class productions like Sapthaakshara a family band led by his father Padma shri. T.H. Vikku vinayakram having all his siblings and shisyas on stage.
“CHARISHNU” 35 dancers and 8 art forms,and 7 leaders for each art form led by shri.leela samson where mahesh vinayakram is one of the leader taking care of percussion and live singing, where the production is supported by indian cultural department govt of india.
“k&g business class refugee” a digital new age live music & dance production by indo isreal band by yotam agam and patrick sebag isreal.
“ Ethno histeria “ by Matija Solcea and friends from Slovenia
He has also sung in Bollywood & hollywood movies, some hit songs to list few Puliurumudu song in the movie Vettaikaran music by Vijay Antony , ‘Kannea I love you from ‘Thakadimitha’ music by D. Immaan and rerecording for hindi movie raavan by A.R.rahman and many other session works for music directors like A.R. Rahman, Vijay Antony,d. Imman etc. Besides voice over for more than 8 Tamil tele serial being dubbed in all 4 southern languages in major satellite television of south India.
He has toured extensively to many places in the world for both world music productions listed above and also as freelancer singer for various artista nd festivals. To list a few U.S, Germany , France , Italy , Norway , Sweden , Mauritius , South Africa , Ghana , Kenya , Indonesia , Lesotho,zambia,and many other countries.
He has received many prizes and Awards in the inter-school & College Competitions. He has many Awards to his Credits: To list a few,
Award of “National scholarship” from central govt of India cultural department.
“UNESCO Award” for Millennium 2000 Concert held at Indonesia organized by UNESCO org.
“Asthana vidwan of kanchi shri shankara mutt” by shankara matam kancheepuram.
“Maharajapuram Santhanam Award” by Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai – 2000.
Best Performance Award by ” Venkateswara Temple – Pittsburgh U.S.A.
“Best Performance Award” by High Commission of India concert held at Kenya 2002.
“Gana kala vipanchee” by Dr.Balamuralikrishna’s Vipanchee trust 2011
“Madhura murali Puraskar” by Vipanchee trust 2012
He has many Albums to his credits.. highlights of notable albums to list a few.
“Mtv coke studios” production song Vachan by music composer Mr. Nithin sawhney featuring shri.mahesh vinayakram
Sruti box production (U.S) by Shankar tucker’s GURU BRAHMA featuring Mahesh vinayakram
“Tereecotta” fazuma 2010 featuring mahesh vinayakram by Fransisco Lisbon
“Bravado masala” by james asher & mahesh vinayayakram by star field records uk
journeys through masters of percussion by petelockett by music today India & UK release.
“K&g business class refugee” by earth sync records India & Isreal
“Drums On Fire” – James Asher, London by star field records UK
“Icon” – Jonas Hellborg, Sweden . ‘Live Show Of Paris ” by bardo records Sweden
“Karnatic Classicals” – by CSC, India
“Impressions” – by Music Today, India
“New Morning” as DVD in collaboration with BBC live recording released by bardo records Sweden & US
and many others. (for other albums check the menu ALBUMS on the top)