Born on 15 March 1931 in Mysore, Shri R. Visweswaran is an eminent Veena player, composer and
teacher. He belongs to an illustrious family of musicians and scholars, and was groomed in his art by his
brother R. Seetaram.
Shri R. Visweswaran’s achievements and contribution to music lie across the fields of pedagogy, scholarship, compositions and practical music. Holding a Master’s degree in Indology, he headed the department of instrumental music at the University Collage of fine Arts in Mysore for the greater part of his career. This was the locus of his work as a teacher and the arena for the development of his musical pedagogy. He has written and published extensively on the subject. As a practical musician, he has performed before select audiences in India and other countries, some important engagements being those at the National Veena Festival in Bhopal, the International Music Conference in London, the Edinburgh Music Festival, the Aberdeen Music Festival, and the Queen's Festival at Belfast. His new raga compositions include Enakshi, Smriti, Antarakaisiki, and Rajarajeshwari. Among his students are Suma Sudhindra, N. R. Prashant, and Nagamani Srinath. Among his publications are Vaaggeya Visweswari, Facts of Music and Sangeetshastra Rasaayana.
For his wide ranging work in music, Shri R. Visweswaran has been honoured by several organizations. These honours include the title of Sangeeta Choodamani conferred by the Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai, and the K.K.M.M. Chowdiah National Award bestowed by the Academy of Music, Bangalore.
Shri R. Visweswaran receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Tagore Award for his contribution to Carnatic instrumental music – Veena.