I present to you, Sir,
Semmangudi Shri R. Srinivasier.
Born in 1908 in the district of
Tanjavur, Shri Srinivasier is one
of the most distinguished
vocalists in Karnatak music
today. He comes of a renowned
family of musicians which
Krishna Iyer and Semmangudi
Narayanaswamy Iyer. Shri
Srinivasier received his training
under a coterie of stalwarts in
Karnatak music, namely,
Iyer. Tiruvidaimaradur Sakharama
Swaminatha Iyer and Maharajapuram
Apart from his work as a performer, Shri Srinivasier has, through the years, also contributed a great deal to the popularisation of the work of celebrated composers like Swati Tirunal. Muthuswami Dikshitar, Sadasiva Bhrahmendra, Narayana Teertha and Jaideva.
Shri Srinivasier has received honours from many distinguished bodies, including the Sangeet Kalanidhi of the Madras Music Academy, the Isai Perarigner of the Tamil Isai Sangam, and the Padma Bhushan. In his music career, spanning over 50 years, Shri Srinivasier has held eminent positions, such Asthana Vidwan of Travancore State, Principal of the Swati Tirunal College of Music, Trivandrum, and Honorary Director of the Central College of Music, Madras. For his eminence in the field of Music and his contribution to its enrichment, Semmangudi Shri R. Srinivasier has been elected Fellow of the Akademi.