R. Sathyanarayana
Born(1927-05-09)9 May 1927
Mysore, India
Died16 January 2020(2020-01-16) (aged 92)
OccupationMusicologist & indologist
Years active1945-2020
AwardsPadma Sri (2018)

R. Sathyanarayana (9 May 1927 – 16 January 2020) was a musicologist and dance scholar from Mysore, India. In 2018, Sathyanarayana received the Padma Shri civilian honour from the President of India for his contribution to the field of music.[1][2] His most prominent desciples include his son, Vidwan Dr R S Nandakumar, who is a renowned Karnataka Classical vocal musician and scholar of international repute[3], and Vidwan Dr Srikantham Nagendra Shastry, who is also a renowned Karnataka Classical vocal musician, Professor and Scholar[4].


Pranab Mukherjee presenting an award to Shri R. Sathyanarayana in 2013

Dr R Sathyanarayana has degrees ranged from a Master's in chemistry from the University of Mysore to a PhD and multiple D.Litt. degrees from various universities, including Mysore University, Hampi University (Honoris Causa) and Gangubhai Hangal Music University of Mysore.[5]

Between 1949 and 1984, he taught chemistry at the Sarada Vilas College, and also taught Karnataka music. He wrote treatises in Sanskrit language on dance and music. Pundarikamala, Shruti: The Scalic Foundation, Suladis and Ugabhogas of Karnataka Music, and Karnataka Sangeetha Vahini were some of his notable works. He was a public speaker on Indological disciplines, and was an active participant in Government of India sponsored music festivals and international seminars. He was the President of the Indian Music Congress.[2][6]


  1. ^ "Mysuru's Prof. R. Satyanarayana among nine Padma Awardees from State". Star of Mysore. 27 January 2018. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Award a recognition to double my efforts: Satyanarayana". Deccan Herald. 24 November 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Renowned musicologist Dr. R. Sathyanarayana no more". Star of Mysore. 17 January 2020. Retrieved 24 June 2024.
  4. ^ "Vocalist | Srikantham Nagendra Shastry". Nagendra Shastry. Retrieved 24 June 2024.
  5. ^ "3rd Convocation of K'taka State Dr Gangubai Hangal Music and Performing Arts University held". City Today.news. 15 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Title". Sangeetnatak.gov.in. Archived from the original on 17 January 2019. Retrieved 17 January 2019.