Claim To Fame:
- Works for AR Rahman
- Student of Ali Akbar Khan, mentored by Annapurna Devi
- Has performed/recorded with AR Rahman, Carlos Santana, Angelique Kidjo, Narada Michael Walden, etc.
- Has sung for movies by Disney and Dreamworks and television, including Million Dollar Arm, The Jungle Book, Hundred Foot Journey, and The Voice
- Composer in Hollywood
- Hindustani touring artist in US and India
- Inaugural performer at Jaipur Literature Festival 2016, featured in Bangalore's Yuva Sangeetha Utsav, performed at the Sangeet Research Academy in Kolkata, etc.
Gaayatri Kaundinya is a Hindustani classical vocalist of the Baba Allauddin Maihar Senia Gharana. She was trained by Ustad Ali Akbar Khan since the age of 4 in vocal music for 14 years. The repertoire is in the traditional Dhrupad style descending from the time of Mian Tansen including traditional Dhrupads as well as many Dhrupad style Khyaals. She has learned many special light classical compositions from him as well including Thumris, Dadras, Bhajans, Ghazals, Dhuns, etc.
She has also studied at the Sangeet Research Academy in Kolkata under the guidance of Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar who helped her develop her voice further. In Los Angeles, she occasionally took lessons with Smt. Lakshmi Shankar. She has received blessings from many of India's top artists including Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, Smt. Annapurna Devi, Padmabhushan Nookala China Satyanarayana, etc. She has performed in numerous festivals and concerts all over the US and India.
She recently graduated with a BA in ethnomusicology from the University of California at Los Angeles. At UCLA, she furthered her background in Western Classical music and Jazz having studied under notable musicians such as Paul Chihara, James Newton, and Tamir Hendelman. Her main interest in Los Angeles is composing music for film and television, as well as session singing. She currently works for AR Rahman at Panchathan Hollywood Studios and has provided session vocals for his projects. She has also worked at Remote Control Productions under Hans Zimmer.
As an avid Indian music enthusiast, she is the founder of the Avartan Foundation. She organized the Avartan LA Music Festival - showcasing the new generation of talent in Indian music when she was a Co-President of SPICMACAY at UCLA. After 5 years, she has transformed the festival into a non-profit organization bringing the next generation of artists from all around the United States to perform at Avartan events, and continues to reach out to build the organization further. In the interest of promoting Indian music, she is a dedicated teacher for students in the Los Angeles and Irvine areas.