S. R. Janakiraman

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S. R. Janakiraman
S. Rangasamy Janakiraman

(1928-07-12) 12 July 1928 (age 94)
Lalgudi, Tamilnadu
Occupationcarnatic vocalist
Parent(s)Rangaswami Iyer, Gowri Ammal

S.R.Janakiraman (born 12 July 1928) is a Carnatic vocalist and a musicologist.[1] He is a recipient of several awards including the Sangita Kala Acharya (The Music Academy), Kalaimamani from the Tamil Nadu Government and the Sangeet Natak Academy Award of the Government of India and the Padma Shri.[2]

Music Teachers[edit]

S R Janakiraman started learning music in 1938. His big breakthrough came in 1945 when he joined Kalakshetra and learned music under the guidance of Tiger Varadachari, Budalur Krishnamurthy Sastri, T. K. Ramasami Ayyangar and Kalpagam Swaminathan. He also learned from Musiri Subramanya Ayyar and T Brinda.[3]

Shri Janakiraman was initiated into musicology by Profs. P. Sambamurthi and Balakrishna Ayya.


  • Sangita Sampradaya Pradarshini — English translation of Lakshana Sangraha and Pracina Paddhati, 2010
  • Sangita Shastra Saramu — A musicology text in Telugu
  • Raga Lakshanas — A publication of the Music Academy Madras
  • Ragas of Saramrta — A publication of the Music Academy Madras
  • Essentials of Musicology — A short concise text dealing with the key elements of musicology
  • Lakshana Gitas — Editor — A publication of the Music Academy Madras
  • Ragas at a glance — A publication of Carnatica


  • The significance of the divisions of Pallavi, Anupallavi and Caranam JMAM
  • Desi Suladi of Annamacarya, JMAM
  • Pratimadhyama and its evolution, JMAM

Audio Visual Presentations[edit]

  • Varnas through the ages
  • 72-Mela ragamalika of Mahavaidhyanatha Iyer
  • Pearls of South Indian Ragas — A CD from Brhaddhvani


  1. ^ "Book Review: Science of music". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 30 September 2008. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
  2. ^ "Parasaran, Vittal, Natarajan among Padma awardees". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 26 January 2011.
  3. ^ https://www.rasikas.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=1054
  • Ragas at a Glance, Biography of the author
  • Essentials of Musicology, Biography of the author

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