Born on 26 January 1948 in Mysore, Shri Mysore V. Subramanya belongs to a family of musicians connected with the Mysore durbar, and has the great Veena Seshanna as a forebear. Shri Subramanya received his training in Carnatic music from his father V.N. Rao, a well-known artist , learning both vocal music and the Veena. He was later groomed by S. Ramanathan.
Shri Subramanya has played various roles in the musical world of Karnataka, working as a teacher, writer, organizer and archivist of music. Principal of Veena Gana Mandira in Bangalore for many years, he has also taught at the Indiranagar Sangeetha Sabha and the Raghavendra Ashrama in that city. As a critic of music and dance, he has reviewed concerts in the Deccan Herald and Prajavani for twenty-five years. As General Secretary of the Karnataka Gana Kala Parishat , he has striven to bring together young people and connoisseurs in the cause of music. His archive of photographs of musicians and dancers has been widely exhibited in the country. He has authored and edited several works on music such as Kalavalokana and Ganakal Manjari, directed musical productions on radio and television, and presented lecture-demonstrations within and outside Karnataka. Recipient of a Senior Research Fellowship of the Ministry of Human Resource Development , Government of India, he has been nominated on the editorial board of the Music Encyclopedia of Mysore University. Shri Mysore V. Subramanya has received the Critic's Award of the Karnataka Sangeetha Nrirya Academy (2001). The Bangalore Gayana Samaj has bestowed on him the title of the Sangeerha Kalaratna (2006). He is an honorary Professor of the University of Tumkur (2012).
Shri Mysore V. Subramanya receives the Sangeet Natak Akadem i Award for his Overall Contribution in the Performing Arts .