Born on 12 January 1945 in Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu, Shri B. Herarnbanathan belongs to a family of traditional
musicians and dancers. He received his initial training in Bhagavatha Melam and Mridangam from his father T.G.
Bavu Pillai, a reputed vidwan. Later, he was groomed in Bhararanatyarn under T.M. Arunachalam Pillai and K.P.
Kittappa Pillai in the time-honoured tradition of Thanjavur. He has received training in Bhagavatha Melam also
under Balu Bagavather and P.K. Subbaiyer, and in Mridangam under N. Rajam Iyer. He has been a school teacher by
profession, working in a primary school, and retiring as Headmaster.
Shri B. Herambanathan has distinguished himself both as a performer and teacher in the field of dance. He has participated at the Melattur Bhagavatha Melam festival regularly from 1970 to 1996, performing nattuvangam on several occasions for his teachers Kittappa Pillai and Bavu Pillai. He has also travelled abroad - teaching, choreographing dance-dramas, and conducting arangetrams in Malaysia (1987, 1997,2003), Singapore, and the United States (2003). Shri Herambanathan has choreographed a number of dance-dramas in various languages including Shakuntalam in Marathi, Rukmini Kalyanam and Harischandra in Telugu, and Andal Kalyanam in Tamil presented at prestigious venues. He has attended seminars and workshops connected with dance at the Tamil University, Thanjavur, the South Zone Cultural Centre, Thanjavur, an d Annamalai University.
For his service to the traditional theatrical arts, Shri Herarnbanathan has been honoured with the Natya Kalai Arasu and Nattuva Mamani titles conferred by the Tamil Isai Sangam, and the Kalaimamani bestowed by the Tamil Eyal Isai Nataka Manram.
Shri B. Herambanathan receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Bharatanatyam,