Shri Guru Prasanna Gundappa was born on 24
December 1976 at Bangalore, Karnataka. He was
initiated into the art of playing Kanjira by Shri R.
Sathya Kumar. Prasanna also learnt the Mridangam
from Shri Anoor R. Ananthakrishna Sharma. He is at
present receiving advanced training in Kanjira under
Shri C.P. Vyasa Vittala. He has distinguished himself
as a soloist and has also accompanied veterans of
Carnatic music. He has performed in many
prestigious festivals in India and abroad. Guru
Prasanna is a graded artist of All India Radio and
Doordarshan, and is a recipient of the Karnataka
State Scholarship. He has been awarded by many
prestigious institutions including the Karnataka
Gana Kala Parishad, and has also received the
Khanjira Praveena title bestowed by the Shri
Thyagaraja Aradhana Samithi, Karnataka. He
already has many recordings to his credit.
Shri Guru Prasanna Gundappa is awarded the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar of Sangeet Natak Akademi for the year 2010 for his talent in the field of Carnatic Instrumental Music.