Born in 1945 in the village of Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu, Shri Tiruvalangadu V. Sankaranara- yanan received his training in Carnatic vocal music from his uncle Shri Madurai Mani Iyer and from his parents Shri T.S. Vembu Iyer and Shrimati Gomathi Vembu Iyer. Shri T. V. Sankaranarayanan made his debut on the concert platform in 1968 and since then has established himself as a leading Carnatic vocalist. Shri Sankaranarayanan’s chaste, traditional style has won him a large following among discerning listeners. He has received several awards and honours from institutions and sabhas. In the course of a successful career, Shri T. V. Sankaranarayanan has performed widely at home and abroad. He has several cassettes to his credit. Shri T. V. Sankaranarayanan receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contri- bution to Carnatic vocal music.