Born in 1926 in Thiruvarur, Tamil Nadu, Shrimati P.R. Thilagam received her training in music from Madurai Srirangam Iyengar. She was trained in dance by Ganesam Pillai and her grandmother Thiruvarur Kamalambal in according with her family traddition, the Kondiparamparai. A versatile musician and dancer, Shrimati Thilagam has won wide renown for her study and performance of Kuravanji. She has imparted training in Carnatic music as Professor of music in Thiruvaiyaru. She has also taught dance at the Thanjavur Srikamalambal Vid- yalayam. She has performed regularly for All India Radio, and has conducted seminars at Tamil University, Thanjavur. Shrimati P.R. Thilagam receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for her contribu- tion to Kuravanji of Tamil Nadu.