Born in 1932 at Lakshmi Kudi, Tamil Nadu, Shrimati T.R. Kamala Murthy received her training
in music and Harikatha from Raja Bhagavathar, D. Annaswami Bhagavathar, Embar Vijaya
Raghavachariyar, Venkatasubramania Sastrigal, and Swaminatha Athreyan.
She made her debut as a traditional Harikatha artist at the age of nine. Over a career spanning more than six decades, she has enthralled audiences in all the major cities of India. She has also performed abroad. Her performances are enlivened by renderings of compositions from Marathi, Telugu, Kannada, Sanskrit and Tamil songs. A regular broadcaster of Harikatha in India, she has also rendered Harikatha over the radio in Singapore.
Acclaimed as one of the finest women Harikatha artists, she has been honoured with the title of Kalaimamani by the Tamil Nadu Eyal Isai Nataka Manram in 1978. Various other institutions have also honoured her for her work. Shrimati T.R. Kamala Murthy received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2000.
Shrimati T.R. Kamala Murthy is elected Tagore Fellow of Sangeet Natak Akademi for her contribution to Indian music.