Dr. Purna Prasad, the founder and President of PAMPA brings a wealth of experience in the field of performing arts. His artistic talents were aptly recognized with his role in the Indian National and European Film Festival award winning movie, "Madhwacharya". Dr. Purna also co-directed music for this film with renowned musician Dr M.Balamurali Krishna.
His interest in music began at the age of five when he started training in the Indian percussion instrument "Mrudangam". He was trained by Vidwan Vayyapuri Devar, who was one of the doyens in his field of percussion instruments. Dr. Purna is not only a musician, but also is a music composer. He has composed music for several dance dramas and has been an assistant conductor with renowned musicians such as Pandit Ravi Shankar and Pandit Vijaya Raghava Rao. Some of the famous dance dramas which Purna contributed are Punyakoti, Srinivasa Kalyana, Mohini Bhasmasura, and Sri Krishna Vyjayanthi. Currently, Dr. Purna teaches mrudangam at PAMPA and is a key composer/director for "Ragamala" group of fusion music.