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When you say the word "THANJAUVUR" the mind instantly recalls the river KAVERI and its fertility. The fertile nature is reflected in its culture, music and art forms. Thanjavur is the SEAT OF MUSIC too. The Musical Trinity of Sri THYAGARAJA, Muthuswami Dikshitar and Syama Sastri were born in this district. It is but natural that MUSIC is in the blood of its people. We can firmly say that like the musical aspect, the MRIDHANGAM the KING OF PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS attained its pinnacle status thru this land. This instrument has been dealt with extreme artistry by the legends of this land. Sri TANJAVUR VAIDHYANATHA IYER who was the legendary performer and teacher who made this instrument sound all over the world. He formulated the grammar for this instrument. The Genius Sri. PALGHAT MANI IYER was one of his disciples. It was only after Mani Iyer came to Vaidhyanatha Iyer, his fame became worldwide.


The distinct style of playing the Mridangam is a popular aspect of Thanjavur. The crystal clear chap us, arai-chapus, gumukis are called with a prefix of Thanjavur. The mode of accompaniment for Vocal music, instrumental music, playing solos etc is a unique nature of artistes from Thanjavur. The legendary lineage of Mridangam artistes who are the disciples of Sri.THANJAVUR VAIDHYANATHA IYER are SARVASRI T.K.MOORTHY, PALGHAT RAGHU, UMAYALPURAM SIVARAMAN, KAMALAKAR RAO, THANJAVUR RAJAM IYER, BALAKRISHNA NAIDU etc. The list is exhaustive.


Sri.Prapancham Ravindran, who learnt under Thanjavur Sri.Rajam Iyer and Balakrishana Naidu, inherited the above legacy. Ravindran started playing from a tender age and attained high-level proficiency in his art. He has accompanied all stalwarts staring from accompanying Sri.Pozhakudi brothers for his Arangetram (debut). He got huge appreciation in his debut itself and still growing further in his stature as a highly sought after percussionist.

Then he moved on to perform in All India Radio and Doordarshan programmes. His accompaniment to all the leading artistes got him a goodwill among the fellow artistes. He was acclaimed by legendaries like Sarvasri Voleti Venkateswarulu, Nedanuri Krishmamoorthy, Emani Sankara Sastri, Annavarappu Ramaswany, Dr.L.Subramaniam, Dr.N.Ramani, M.S.Gopalkrihnan, Prapancham Seetharam, M.Chandrasekaran, Mandolin Srinivas, Trichur Ramachandran, T.V.Sankaranarayanan, A.K.C.Natarajan and many others.


Apart from being an able accompanist, Ravindran has an in born knowledge of Musical acumen that made him perform almost any instrument. Even in his young age, he has given a full-fledged Guitar Concert and had audience in wonder. He has also directed many CD and cassette recordings. He has also composed many songs and recorded them, which were sung by popular Carnatic and film singers.


Ravindran always had a flair for encouraging young artistes. On these lines, he started “Valarum Isai Kalaignargal Manram” a forum for young artistes, which is still running successfully. He started Adhilakshmi Arts Academy in 1993, which became a very successful Sabha.

Ravindran is a commerce graduate from Madras University.

Ravindran Academy of Music (RAM) Academy of Music and dance.

Prapancham Ravindran started Music School Ravindran Academy of Music (RAM, Academy of Music and Dance) at Chennai.

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