Born on 27 July 1942 in Poovalur, Tamil Nadu, Shri Trichy Sankaran received his training in the Mridangam from the
well-known percussionists P.Y. Venkataraman and Palani Subramania Pillai. The latter was his mentor in the field .
He was also trained in Carnatic vocal music, the Kanjira, and the Konnakkol. Studying at Madras University, he
obtained a Master's degree in economics.
Shri Sankaran is today acknowledged as a world-renowned percussion virtuoso, and an eminent scholar and composer of Indian music. Over a period of sixty years, he has performed at major festivals in India, North America, Europe,Australia, and South-east Asia, accompanying noted artists and presenting solo recitals. His style in the Mridangam is built upon that of his guru Palani Subramania Pillai, refurbished with his own innovations. Together with his work as a musician , Shri Sankaran has led the way in Indian music studies in Canada, where he is a citizen. He established the Indian Music Program at York University, Toronto, in 1971, where he has taught generations of students over the past four decades. He has also been associated with music studies at the Wesleyan University and the San Diego State University in the United States. In his teaching, he has bridged Eastern and Western pedagogical styles and has enabled students to establish themselves as musicians, composers, and music educators. He has contributed to seminars around the globe, and has published numerous articles and two textbooks: The Rhythmic Principles and Practice of South Indian Drumming (1994), and the Art of Konnakkol (2010). He is currently working on a book on frame drums of South India. He has to his credit many com positions in the genres of Gamelan, jazz, and Western classical orchestra. He has produced many recordings of his music, as well as films and videos on specific topics in Indian music.
Shri Trichy Sankaran has received the tide of Sangita Kalanidhi conferred by t he Music Academy, Madras (2011), the Palghat Mani lyer Award bestowed by the Percussive Arts Centre, Bangalore (1992), and an honorary doctorate in music presented by the University of Victoria, Canada (1998).
Shri Trichy Sankaran receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Carnatic music.