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Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman
Background information
Born (1935-12-17) 17 December 1935 (age 88)
Umayalpuram, Tanjore, Madras Presidency, British India
GenresCarnatic music
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter

Umayalpuram Kasiviswanatha Sivaraman (born 17 December 1935) is an Indian musician and exponent of the Carnatic percussion instrument, the mridangam. He is a recipient of the Padma Vibhushan as well as the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.

Early life

Umayalpuram Sivaraman was born to P. Kasiviswanatha Iyer, a doctor, and his wife, Kamalambal. He learned the art of the Carnatic mridangam from four gurus over fifteen years: Arupathi Natesa Iyer, Tanjore Vaidyanatha Iyer, Palghat Mani Iyer and Kumbakonam Rangu Iyengar.[1] He also graduated from the University of Madras with a B.A. & B.L.


He was conferred the award ‘Padmashri’ by the Government of India in 1988. He received Sangeet Natak Akademi award for mrudangam for the year 1992. He was conferred Kalaimamani, awarded by the Iyal Isai Nataka Mandram of Tamilnadu. He had been appointed ‘State Artiste’ of the Government of Tamil Nadu from 1981 for a period of six years. Sri Sankaracharya Swamigal has appointed Sri Sivaraman as ‘Asthana Vidwan’ of Shri Kanchi Sankara Mutt. Shri Sankaracharya Swamigal of Shri Sharada Peetam Sringeri has bestowed on Sivaraman the title of Mrudanga Kalanidhi and has appointed him as ‘Asthana Vidwan’ of Shri Sarada Peetam, Sringeri. His titles include Laya Jyothi, Laya Gnana Bhaskara, Sangeetha Kala Sikhamani, Mrudanga Nadamani (bestowed by Shri Sankaracharya of Kanchi Mutt), Mrudanga Chakravarthi, Nada Sudharnava, Tal Vilas, and Laya Gnana Tilaka, etc.

He was awarded Padma Bhushan in the year 2003 by Govt. of India.[2] He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian honor, on the occasion of the country's 61st Republic Day observance on 26 January 2010[3] and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Kerala in 2010.[4]

Personal life

Umayalpuram Sivaraman is married to Abhirami Sivaraman. They live in Mylapore in Chennai. They have two sons - S.Swaminathan and S.Sivakumar.[5]

Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman with O. S. Thyagarajan



Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship to Shri Umayalpuram Kashivishwanatha Sivaraman, at the investiture ceremony of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards-2011



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  4. ^ "Honorary Doctorate for Adoor, Mammootty and Umayalpuram". Archived from the original on 12 February 2010.
  5. ^[self-published source]
  6. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "Guru Vandanam by Senior Disciples - Moras and Korvais of Dr. Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman". YouTube.
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  8. ^ "Maharajapuram Santhanam award". The Hindu. 23 June 1995. Archived from the original on 22 December 1996. Retrieved 13 September 2023.
  9. ^ "Monograph on mridangam released". The Hindu. 5 November 2019.{
  10. ^ Music Makers: Living Legends of Indian Classical Music. Rupa Publications India. 2 February 2004.