U. Srinivas| He is not just my elder brother and guru, but also an inspiring artiste. He was the first to bring the mandolin into the Carnatic loop and his style is very appealing. His music is purely classical, but it does not intimidate ordinary listeners.
L. Shankar|The way Shankar plays the violin seems so effortless, but if you are familiar with the instrument, you realize how hard he has worked at the sound he is renowned for. You can never tire of hearing his albums, such as the ‘Pancha Nadai Pallavi’.
Veena Balachander| I think the way he handles the veena requires genius. He pulls the strings really hard to get that ‘gamaka’ (embellishment). I was very young when I first heard him on radio and I regret the fact that I never got to hear him live.
Lalgudi Jayaraman |He plays violin the traditional, no-frills way, but I rank him among India’s greatest instrumentalists. His violin seems to sing because he uses the ‘gayaki’ (vocal) school of playing.
Zakir Hussain | I rank him as a Carnatic musician even though he is popularly known as a Hindustani artiste. He learnt the Carnatic rhythm system from ‘mridangam’ master Palghat Mani Iyer. And every time he plays with a Carnatic musician, he adapts his tabla playing to that system.