Born in 1919 in Madras, Shri T.S. Balakrishna Sastrigal received his training in music from Sarvashri Tiger Varadachariar, Mudikondan Sabhapathy Iyer and Madirimangalam Natesa Iyer. He also studied Sanskrit, Tamil literature and theology under Shri M.V. Venugopala Pillai. Shri Balakrishna Sastrigal has earned a vast following as an exponent of Harikatha. His renderings feature learned discourses as well as imagina- tive improvisations. He has many published works to his credit. He was honoured with the title Kalaimamani by the Tamil Nadu Eyal Isai Nataka Manram in 1972. Shri T.S. Balakrishna Sastrigal receives the Sangeet Natok Akademi Award for his contribution to Harikatha.