Our Faculty

Pranava’s Faculty members are accomplished professionals, who love to share their rich knowledge and learning, enabling the students grow all-round.

Meet our below listed faculties and know their achievements:

Smt. Bhargavi Suresh - Director & Teacher in Carnatic Classical

Founder of Pranava Institute of Music & Fine Arts, Vidushi Bhargavi was an ardent student of her father Late A Nagabhushana Shastry for nearly two decades. Later, she underwent advanced training under the renowned guru, Late Salem Sundareswaran.

She has been teaching Carnatic Classical music for over 15 years now and has trained a large number of students, both at primary as well as advanced levels.

She has also been associated with Kalakshithi Kala Samsthe, a renowned music and dance institution in Bengaluru, helping many students realize their dreams in music and dance.

Having made music her life breath, she has devoutly dedicated her life to music and to train ever growing number of students in Carnatic Classical music.

It is a matter of pride that her students are panned across the world and are pursuing practising and teaching of music.

Vidushi Amrutha Naresh Rao - Bharatnatyam

Having been initiated in to the art of Bharatanatyam at the tender age of seven, Vidushi Amrutha has been a devout Bharatanatyam exponent for the last 25 years.

Initially trained by Natyacharya Nagabhushan, she pursued her advanced training under the tutelage of Natyacharya Dr. Prof. M. R. Krishnamurthy at Kalakshithi School of Fine Arts, Bengaluru.

She earned her M.A. in Bharatanatyam with Distinction from the Kalai Kaviri College of Fine Arts affiliated to Tamil University. She has also done her Vidwath from the Karnataka State Board.

She is now the artistic Director of Kalāgange, a kuteera of arts and culture. She continues to train several students at various levels in Bharatanatyam.

Vidushi Amrutha is an ‘A’ grade Bharatanatyam Artist with Doordarshan.

Sri Karthik Bhat - Tabla

Since childhood Karthik Bhat has been a passionate student of Tabla. He started his sojourn at the age of 10, at Kallur Mahalaxmi Tabla Vidyalaya, Bengaluru, under the tutelage of Pt. Rajgopal Kallurkar.

Further, he continued his training under the guidance of Pt. Arvind Mulgaonkar at Bombay. His interest in Carnatic concepts paved the way to learn the most intricate and complex calculations under the guidance of Mrudangam Vidwan A. V. Anand.

Today, he is a competent Tabla player with a unique sense of blended playing for compositions in both - Hindustani and Carnatic.


1. Promising Artist Award from the International Foundation for Fine Arts, Bombay, 2014, at the hands of the legendary Ustad Zakir Hussain.

2. Secured All India Second Rank in Tabla Competition conducted by All India Radio, 2014

3. Bronze Medal at the 17th National Youth Festival, 2012, conducted by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India.

4. Kishora Prathibhe Award was conferred by the Kannada and Culture Department, Government of Karnataka, 2007.

5. Ustaad Inam Ali Puraskar, Shrimati Susheela Bai Kogje Puraskar, Shrimati Sharadha Bai Nathu Puraskar, Shri Gurudevji Patwardhan Puraskar.

6. Hari Om Trust Vaadya Pratham Puraskar by Akhila Bharathiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal for securing first rank in Sangeet Alankar among all categories, including Tabla.

He has performed on various prestigious stages like Akashvani Sangeet Sammelan at Pune, Sangeet Research academy at Mumbai, Mylapore Fine Arts Festival at Chennai, Percussive Arts Centre at Bengaluru, Mysuru Dasara Festival, Vishwasahitya Sammelan at Belagavi etc.,

He has accompanied various eminent artists like Kaushiki Chakraborty (Shankar Mahadevan Academy’s annual Festival Sangam, 2019), Hariharan (Sangam in 2018), Shankar Mahadevan, Bombay Sisters, Vid. Sriram Parashuram, Pt. Parameshwar Hegde, Pt. Nagaraj Rao Havaldar, Pt. Raghavendra Gudi, et al.

Karthik has also excelled in the field of cinema and light music, accompanying renowned artists like P. B. Srinivas, Rathnamala Prakash, Manjula Gururaj, M.D. Pallavi, Shankar Shanbhag, Sangeeta Katti, Archana Udupa, Anuradha Sriram, Adnan Sami, Anuradha Bhat and many luminaries.

He has worked with Kathak artists like Pt. Birju Maharaj, Pt. Rajendra Gangani, Murari Sharan Gupta, Simran Godhwani, Neeta Trivedi, et al.

He has also performed in several channels of Doordarshan and has been a part of various music albums.

His versatility in playing for varied genres like classical, semi-classical, contemporary and film music has earned him frequent accolades.

Sri Manu N Bharadwaj - Karaoke

B.Tech., by academic qualification, his passion for Music has been so deep that none of his academic responsibilities hindered his indulgence in music.

With rigorous, focused practice he has bloomed into an achiever, performing numerous types of devotional, film, folk, and other genres.

Even as a self-made vocal artist, his accomplishment is awe-inspiring. He has lent his voice to several upcoming Kannada and Tamil movies.

He runs a music band 'Beyond Octave', through which he puts up live stage performances.