Trichy Sankaran is an Indian percussionist, composer, scholar, and educator. He is a virtuoso Mridangam player whose mastery of this essential South Indian instrument is recognized worldwide. His first musical training was under his cousin Sri P.A. Venkataraman, later becoming a disciple of the late Sri Palani Subramania Pillai. He made his public debut at age 13. Mr. Sankaran has performed widely throughout Asia, Europe and North America. He has performed outside his traditional styles to collaborate with jazz, world music and contemporary music ensembles. He has two outstanding recordings available on the Music of the World label; Laya Vinyas (Rhythmic Elaborations) and Sunada (Pleasing Sound) with Vina master Karaikudi Subramaniam. Mr Sankaran is a Professor of Indian Music Studies at York University, he lives in Toronto with his wife Lalitha and daughters Bavani and Subashini.