Valayapatti A. R. Subramaniam

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Valayapatti A. R. Subramaniam
OccupationClassical musician
Known for Thavil
Awards Padma 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 prominent exponents of Thavil, a traditional percussion instrument from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. 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]


The thavil (Tamil:தவில்) or tavil is a barrel shaped percussion instrument from Tamilnadu. It is used in temple, folk and Carnatic music, often accompanying the nadaswaram. The thavil and the nadaswaram are essential components of traditional festivals and ceremonies in South India.

Tamil Nadu State in Southern India

Tamil Nadu, is one of the 29 states of India. Its capital and largest city is Chennai. Tamil Nadu lies in the southernmost part of the Indian subcontinent and is bordered by the union territory of Puducherry and the South Indian states of Kerala, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh. It is bounded by the Eastern Ghats on the north, by the Nilgiri Mountains, the Meghamalai Hills, and Kerala on the west, by the Bay of Bengal in the east, by the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait on the southeast, and by the Indian Ocean on the south. The state shares a maritime border with the nation of Sri Lanka.

Madras Music Academy

Madras Music Academy is one of the earliest established music academies in South India. Before the concept of infrastructure was introduced to India in the early 1920s, it was a gathering for elite musicians simply called Music Academy It plays an important role in encouraging and promoting primarily the Carnatic Music Indian art form. It played a vital role in the revival of the Indian classical dance form of Bharatnatyam in the 1930s when it faced near extinction due to a negative connotation caused by conservative societal standards.



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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 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]

Valayapatti is a village in Virudhunagar district, Tamil Nadu, India.

Namagiripettai K Krishnan was a Carnatic musician who played the Nadaswaram. He was born in Namagiripettai village and lived in Sendamangalam, Namakkal district, Tamil Nadu, India. He gave many performances across the country. In 1981, Krishnan was awarded the Padma Shri by the Indian government for his contributions to Carnatic music. He was also the Asthana Sangeetha Vidwan for the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple.

Thiruvizha Jayashankar

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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]

Sangeet Natak Akademi organization

Sangeet Natak Akademi is the national level academy for performing arts set up by the Government of India.

Padma Shri Fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India

Padma Shri is the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India, after the Bharat Ratna, the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan. It is awarded by the Government of India, every year on India's Republic Day.

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