Valayapatti A. R. Subramaniam
Occupation(s)Classical musician
Known forThavil
ChildrenSons: S.Manivannan (Engineer) , S.Malarvannan (Classical musician) Daughters: 2
AwardsPadma Shri
Sangeet Natak Akademi Award
Sangeet Kalanidhi Award
Thavil Ulaga Sooriyan

Valayapatti A. R. Subramaniam is an Indian classical musician and percussionist, considered by many as one of the foremost prominent exponents of thavil also known as dolu, a traditional percussion instrument in Carnatic music, accompanying windpipe instruments such as nadaswaram, saxophone, clarinet, etc, and string instruments like violin, mandolin, etc. He was awarded the Madras Music Academy's Sangeetha Kalanidhi in 2009. [1][2] He is a recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2007, for his contributions to Music.[3]



Subramaniam was born in Valayapatti in Pudukottai district of Tamil Nadu to Arumugham, a known Nagaswaram performer and learnt playing the instrument from his father.[4] Later, he trained in thavil under Mannargudi Rajagopala Pillai and started performing as an accompanist to several known nagaswaram players such as Thiruveezhimizhalai brothers, Sembanarkoil brothers, Karukurichi P. Arunachalam, Namagiripettai Krishnan and Thirumeignanam Nataraja Sundaram Pillai. Soon, he became a regular accompanist to Thiruvizha Jayashankar[5] and Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan and is reported to have performed at over 3000 concerts with the latter.[4]

The Sangeet Natak Akademi selected Subramaniam for their annual music award in 1988[6] and the Government of India awarded him the civilian honour of Padma Shri in 2007.[3] Three years later, he received the Sangeeta Kalanidhi title from the Madras Music Academy, thus becoming the first accompanist and Thavil player to receive the award.[1] He is also a recipient of the Thavil Ulaga Sooriyan title.[2]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Sangita Kalanidhi for Valayapatti A.R. Subramaniam". Carnatic Darbar. 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Padmashree Valayapatti A.R.Subramaniam - MANGALA ISAI - DVD". Swati Sanskrities. 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Sangita Kalanidhi for Valayapatti Subramaniam". The Hindu. 20 July 2009. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  5. ^ Thiruvizha Jayashankar (Artist), Valayapatti A.R.Subramaniam (Artist), Gopalakrishna Bharathi (Composer), Mysore Vasudevachar (Composer), Puliyur Doraiswamy Iyer (Composer) (2005). "Thiruvizha Jayashankar/Valayapatti A.R.Subramaniam". Audio CD. Saregama. ASIN B0087E3KK8. Retrieved 17 January 2016.((cite web)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ "Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar (Akademi Awards)". Sangeet Natak Akademi. 2016. Archived from the original on May 30, 2015. Retrieved January 17, 2016.