Vocal Music Director
Jaya Bala obtained her initial vocal training from her mother, Mrs. Rajalakshmi Krishnan, who is a direct disciple of Chembai Sri Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar. Her musical training was enhanced by her studies in Delhi University, where she obtained the title of Sangeetha Siromani. She is an eminent representative of India in international festivals and has performed for numerous programs in India, Malaysia, Bulgaria, France and the USA. For over 25 years, she has been a solo concert singer and an accompanying vocalist for Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi dance performances. She has sung for dance stalwarts, such as Sonal Mansingh, Raja Radha Reddy, Dhananjayans, and many more. Having received grants from the Maryland State Arts Council, she has conducted several workshops and lecture demonstrations nationwide. In 2006, she curated Jayamangala's first interdisciplinary music symphony "Music Transcends", featuring Indian classical and Western classical musicians. Jaya has been teaching for the last 23 years and has many students who are teaching as well as performing. She has conducted many Workshop training sessions under late Shri. T.R. Subramanian. Jaya currently teaches Carnatic Vocal Music to students in San Jose, CA.