Born in 1918 in the village of Melattur, in Tamil Nadu, Shri Swaminathan received training in the Bhagavata Mela Nataka from Guru Balu Bhagavatar, K. Subramania Iyer and Bharata Narayanaswami Iyer. For over fifty years now, Shri G. Swamina- than has been taking key roles in the Bhagavata Mela Nataka presentations at Melattur in connection with the annual Narasimha Jayanti celebrations. He has appeared as a major child character, in female roles and as hero. Shri G. Swaminathan has received the Kalaimamani Award from the Tamil Nadu Iyal Isai Nataka Manram. For his eminence in the field of traditional dance-drama and his contribution to its enrich- ment Shri G. Swaminathan receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Bhagavata Mela Nataka for 1980.