T. V. Sankaranarayanan

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Tiruvalangadu Vembu Iyer Sankaranarayanan
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Background information
Also known asTVS
Born (1945-03-07) 7 March 1945 (age 76)
Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu, India
GenresIndian classical music
Occupation(s)Classical vocalist
Years activesince 1968

T. V. Sankaranarayanan (Tiruvalangadu Vembu Iyer Sankaranarayanan, born 7 March 1945) is a Carnatic vocalist (South Indian classical singer), known for his music that stems from the style of his guru and maternal-uncle, Madurai Mani Iyer. TVS was awarded the Madras Music Academy's Sangeetha Kalanidhi in 2003.

Sankaranarayanan is particularly noted for easily reaching the upper notes.

Some of his musical disciples include R. Suryaprakash, his daughter Amruta Sankaranarayanan and his son Mahadevan Sankaranarayanan.


T V Sankaranarayanan sings at Trivandrum in 1995 as part of Onam celebrations organized by Government of Kerala. N V Babunarayanan on Violin, Erickavu N. Sunil on Mridangam, Tripunithura Radhakrishnan on Ghatom
T. V. Sankaranarayanan sings at Kanhangad in Kerala on 17 February 2017 in Thyagaraja - Purantharadasa sangeetholsavam

He was born in Mayiladuturai of Thanjavur district in the state of Tamil Nadu in south India. His father, Vembu Iyer, was a disciple of Madurai Mani Iyer; and his mother was Mani Iyer's sister. At the age of nine, he started learning music from his uncle (maamaa), Madurai Mani Iyer. And he also learned from his father Vembu Iyer. [1]

He made his debut on the concert platform in 1968 and then gradually established himself as a Carnatic vocalist. He has performed in India and abroad and has several albums. In a profile published in the Financial Express, Subbudu, a music critic, once wrote: "Sankaranarayanan is indeed an asset to the Carnatic music world, where the tribe of good vocalists is dwindling."

Awards and honours[edit]


  1. ^ https://www.rasikas.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=3957
  2. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.