Born on 3 September 1921 in Mannargudi, Tamil Nadu, Shrimati Mayavaram
Saraswathi received her training in the Carnatic flute from a triad of teachers including
Muthu, Subbaiah Pillai, and Swaminatha Pillai. She also received training in vocal music
from Venugopala Iyer, Sankara Iyer, Sundaram and Krishnan, and training in the Veena
under Pichumani Iyer and M.K. Kalyanakrishna Bhagavathar.
Over a long career, Shrimati Saraswathi has won for herself a distinct identity as a flautist of southern India, appearing in major music festivals in India and abroad. She has besides performed over All India Radio and Doordarshan, and published several recordings of her music. She has also initiated a number of students in music on the flute. A special contribution of Shrimati Saraswathi in the field of Carnatic music is a series of devotional compositions.
Shrimati Mayavaram Saraswathi has received several awards and titles for her service to Carnatic music from institutions in southern India. These include an honour from Ramani's Academy of Flute in Chennai.
Shrimati Mayavaram Saraswathi receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Tagore Award for her contribution to Carnatic instrumental music – Flute.