Shri K. Nellai Manikandan was born on 16 September, 1975 in Jamin Kodangipatti Village in Tamil Nadu.
He received training in Devarattam under Shri M. Kannan Kumar at Jakkadevi Kali Kuzu. He completed his Diploma in Folk Art from Tamil Nadu Government Music College, Chennai. He also received training in Oilattam, Tappattam, Karagam, Kavadi, Silambam and drama acting.
He has performed in “Bharathi Bharathidasan” with studies of World Tamil Research Centre, Chennai and conducted workshop of Seraikella Chhau and workshop organized by National School of Drama in Tamil Nadu. He has been teaching folk dance in private schools and colleges and working as a choreographer for Chennai Sangamam.
Shri K. Nellai Manikandan is awarded the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar of Sangeet Natak Akademi for the year 2009 for his notable talent in the field of Folk Dance of Tamil Nadu.