Ganesh Anandan is a musician and composer who was born and raised in Bangalore city, south India, where he studied Karnatic music for several years – specifically, the flute with G. Venugopal and the mrdangam with K.K. Parthsarthy. In 1976, he moved to Canada where he studied music theory and piano privately, participated in a variety of workshops (e.g. Cuban Bata rhythms, Brazilian Samba), and was a member of the University of Montreal's Gamelan Ensemble for a year. Since 1994 Ganesh has been transposing south Indian rhythmic concepts and drumming techniques onto tambourines, frame drums and alternative surfaces. He has developed a dynamic personal playing style that combines the karnatic method with a variety of personal finger drumming innovations.
As a composer, he has been awarded several grants from The Canada Arts Council and Le Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec. Ganesh has worked with artists and companies all over the world, including Ensemble Modern and Hans Reichel (Germany), Omar Sosa Quintet (Cuba – USA), Paolo Angeli (Italy), MISCELLANEOUS Productions (Canada – music for e – r a c e, 2005), SoCalled Orchestra (Canada), Tanya Taguk (Canada), The Karnataka College of Percussion (India), Ramasutra (Canada), Franz Hautzinger (Austria), Savina Yanatou (Greece), Bernhard Wulff (Germany). He has also worked with dancers in Canada, including Margie Gillis, Roger Sinha, Hari Krishnan, Motaz Kabbani, Peter Chin, Hideo Arai (Japan), Chun Hsien (Taiwan).