Born in 1920 in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, Shri Pithukuli Murugadas received his training in music from Brahmananda Paradesiyar. He has been a phenomenal success as a Bhajan-singer all over the country and has also earned great popularity among Tamil audiences abroad. He is recognized today as one of India’s foremost exponents of devotional music. Shri Muruga- das has issued a large number of records and cassettes. He is also well-respected for his philanthropic activities. Among other honours, Shri Murugadas was bestowed the title Kalaimamani by the Tamil Nadu Eyal Isai Nataka Manram in 1984. Shri Pithukuli Murugadas receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Bhajana of Tamil Nadu.