Nagai Muralidharan was born on December 4, 1958 to Sri. R.Rajagopalan and Smt. R. Komavalli. He began his violin tutelage under his mother Smt. R. Komavalli.Nagai Muralidharan later underwent further training from Sri. R. S. Gopalakrishnan. Nagai Muralidharan's maiden performance was at the age of 10 and his career as a violinist has spanned for over 4 decades. Today, he is a top-ranking violinist, noted for his clarity, rich tonal quality, and crispness, and has developed a distinct scholarly style of his own. Nagai Muralidharan is also a regular feature in the Radio Sangeetha Sammelan concerts on Doordharshan, and as an accompanist in several CDs and cassettes. Additionally, he also served as a violin artiste in All India Radio, Trichy from 1978 to 2003. Over the years, Nagai Muralidharan has traveled and performed in countries all over the world including USA,Canada,Australia,Europe,Singapore,Malaysia,Dubai,Muscat,Doha,Behrain.
He has accompanied many legends and young artists in their vocal and instrumental concerts including Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Alathur Srinivasa Iyer, M.D.Ramanathan, Dr.M.Balamuralikrishna, Voleti Venkateswarulu,Prof. Mysore V. Ramarathnam, Nedunuri Krishnamurthy, R.K.Srikantan, Maharajapuram Santhanam, Madurai Somasundaram, Tanjore Kalyanaraman, T.M.Thyagarajan, D.K.Jayaraman, K.V.Narayanaswamy, T.K.Govinda rao, Seerkazhi Govindarajan, Chidambaram C.S.Jayaraman, Tanjore Sankara Iyer, K.J.Yesudas, T.V.Sankaranarayanan, Madurai T.N. Seshagopalan, Trichur Ramachandran, O.S.Thyagarajan, Sanjay Subrahmanyan, P.Unnikrisnan, Papanasam Ashok Ramani, S.Balachandar (Veena), T.R.Mahalingam (Flute), Dr.N.Ramani (Flute), Namagiripettai Krishnan (Nadaswaram), A.K.C Natarajan (Clarinet) and many others.
Awards & titles
Nagai Muralidharan is also the recipient of numerous awards such as
Dr.Sir. Raja Annamalai Chettiar Memorial Award –“Talanted Musician”–Music Academy Chennai – (1993)
"Best Senior violinist Award" – Music Academy Chennai – (1999)
“KALAIMAMANI” – Tamil Nadu Government – (2003)
“ARSHA KALA BHUSHANAM” – Arsha Kala Gurukulam – Poojya Swamiji Dayananda saraswathi – (2007)
“Vani Kala Sudhakara” – Sri Thygabrahma Gana Sabha -(2010)
"Violinist of the year – Carnatica" – (2008)
"Maharajapuram Santhanam Memorial Award" – Maharajapuram Santhanam Trust –(2009)
“SAHRUDAYA SEVA RATHNA” – SHI-BA Sangeetha Sabha Chennai - (2009)
“NADHA VIDHYA BHOOPATHY ” – The Trichy Nadhadweepam Trust – (2009)
“SANGEET NATAK ACADEMY” Award – GOVT OF INDIA –(2010)
“GAANA PADHMAM” – Brahma Gana Sabha – Chennai(2011)
“Madurai Somu Memorial Award”- Valayapatti Nadhalaya Trust- Chennai(2011)