Born in 1928 in Lalgudi, Tamil Nadu, Shri S.R. Janakiraman received his training in music under various gurus and scholars. His teachers in vocal music included stalwarts like Tiger Varadacharya, Budalur Krishnamurthy Shastrigal, Musiri Subramanya Iyer, and T. Brinda. He also learnt the Veena under Kalpakam Swaminathan and took the degree of Sangeet Vidwan at the Central College of Carnatic Music, Madras. Among our leading musico- logists today, S.R. Janakiraman has worked under Professors P. Sambamurthy and P.K. Rajagopala Iyer. He is a repository of Carnatic classical music, and has taught music and musicology for nearly four decades within the country and abroad. He has a large number of publications to his credit. He has been honoured by various institutions including the Music Academy, Madras. The title Kalaimamani was conferred on him by the Tamil Nadu Eyal Isai Nataka Manram in 1998. Shri S. R. Janakiraman recei- ves the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Carnatic vocal music.