Inaugurations to date

Year Inaugurated by Brief intro
1981 Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer Youngest Sangeethakalanidhi. Gurus were cousin Semmangudi Narayanaswamy Iyer, Thiruvadaimaruthur Sakharama Rao. His disciples include Pala C. K. Ramachandran, Kumara Kerala Verma, K. R. Kedaranathan, T. M. Krishna
1982 H Ramachandra Shastry Flute vidwan, teacher at Kalakshetra Chennai, Tirupati music college. His guru was Palladam Sanjeeva Rao.
1983 C. S. Krishna Iyer Sangeetakalacharya. Musicologist, teacher at Chembai college and Swati music college. Tuned the Maharaja’s compositions. His gurus were Ponniah Pillai and Sabeshaiyer.
1984 S. Ramanathan Musicologist, composer and a teacher with a vast number of accomplished disciples.
1985 Dr. T. K. Moorthy Sangeethakalanidhi. Mridangist who has accompanied artistes from Muthiah Bhagavatar to Mandolin U Srinivas.
1986 B. V. Raman and B. V. Lakshmanan Groomed by Tiger, these brothers are also known for conducting a pooja for Sadasiva Brahmendra.
1987 Palghat C. R. Mani Iyer Violinist who played a seven stringed violin. A disciple of Chowdiah.
1988 Tiruvengadu Jayaraman Vedic scholar, music teacher. A disciple of Madurai Mani Iyer.
1989 Dr. Chalakudi Narayanaswamy Violin vidwan.
1990 R. K. Venkitarama Sastry Violinist, brother of R.K. Srikantan and recipient of the Sangeeth Natak Academy award.
1991 Nellai T. V. Krishnamoorthy Grandson of Muthiah Bhagavatar. Known for his voice quality, brigas and also for singing and acting in films.
1992 R. K. Srikantan Sangeeta Kalanidhi. Comes from a family of musicians. Gurus are his father R. Krishnasastry and brother R. K. Venkitaramana Sastry.
1993 K. A. Varadan (AIR)
1994 Mani Krishnaswamy Trained by Mudicondan Venkatarama Iyer. Vocalist and Sangeeta Kalanidhi. Also played the violin. Known for singing in the Musiri style.
1995 Mavelikkara Velukutty Nair Mridangist. Teacher at the Swati music college. Sangita Kalacharya. Also a vocalist.
1996 Mavelikkara Prabhakara Varma Musician, teacher. Principal of RLV College of Music. Studiend the compositions of Tulasivanam.
1997 Madurai N. Krishnan Padma shri. Vaggeyakara composed a lot for dance dramas. Disciple of Ariyakudi.
1998 V. Dakshinamoorthy Musician and composer of carnatic raga based film music.
1999 M. S. Anantharaman Violinist. Disciple and son of Parur Sundaram Iyer. Has also accompanied Hindustani musicians.
2000 Guruvayoor Dorai Mridangam vidwan whose real name is Vaidyanathan. Trained under Palghat Subba Iyer, Narayana Pisharadi and Pazhani Subrahmania Pillai. Known to have accompanied Nagaswaram vidwans.
2001 Ratnakara Bhagawathar
2002 Parassala Ravi Mridangam artiste and principal of the Palghat music college.
2003 P. R. Kumara Kerala Varma Disciple of Semmangudi
2004 Nalli Kuppuswamy Chetty Silk industrialist and patron of Arts. Also known as Nalli Chettiar.
2005 Trichur V. Ramachandran Disciple of GNB and MLV. Father and husband to musicians.
2006 Kulikkarai S. P. Vishwalingam Vocalist of the TMT Bani.  Came from a family of nadaswaram vidwans. Disciple of tiruvarur namasivayam. Teacher at Annamalai university, Kalakshetra.
2007 Tanjavur R. Ramadas Disciple of Palghat Mani Iyer.
2008 Manakkal S. Rangarajan Sangeetha kalasikhamani. Expertise in rare ragas, pallavis demonstrations. Disciple of his own father Santhanakrishna Bhagavathar a harikatha exponent.
2009 Mangad K. Natesan Student at the Swati college of music and inspiring teacher to several upcoming artistes.
2010 Neela Ramgopal Gayaka ratna. Disciple of T.K.Rangachary, N.M.Narayanan and .Sadagopalachari and a devoted guru and music scholar.


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