Board of Trustees

P N Muralidharan
Founder & Managing Trustee

S Viswanathan

P S Aravamudhan
Executive Trustee

Jayasree Sundararaman
Executive Trustee

Dr. S. Nithyasree

P N Muralidharan,

Founder & Managing Trustee

A Chartered Accountant by profession and a Chitravina artiste, Muralidharan is the mastermind behind the formation of Chennai Fine Arts. He initiated this organization twelve years ago and is the guiding force behind its successful functioning over the years.


S Viswanath, Trustee

An MLitt from Scotland University, he is presently employed with Kelkoo UK Ltd., London. He is also a Chitravina artiste and one of the young contributors to CFA’s activities.


P S Aravamudhan, Trustee

Aravamudhan is a freelance computer software consultant. He is also a Veena artiste, a disciple of Shri. Chittibabu. He joined in the year 2005 and has been serving the organization with his technical expertise since then.


Jayasree Sundararaman, Trustee

An ardent admirer of carnatic music, Smt. Jayasree Sundararaman is the Director of Asterias Pvt. Ltd. Company. She actively involves in the administrative matters of CFA.


S Nithyasree, Secretary

Presently a research scholar in music at the University of Madras, she is a Veena artiste. She teaches at the CFA Academy and also contributes in administrative matters of CFA.


Chitravina Narasimhan, Mentor

Chitravina N Narasimhan, a trendsetter in Carnatic music, chose to create a new path in music education and child education, rather than pursue the customary route of performances and routine music tuitions. He had his training under his father Gotuvadyam Narayana Iyengar, and was an accomplished vocalist before he was 10. He then took to the chitravina and performed brilliantly all over the country, popularising Carnatic music in the process. Narasimhan enriched his musical experience by learning from greats such as T Brinda, G N Balasubramaniam, Budalur Krishnamoorthy Shastrigal and Musiri Subramaniam Iyer. He is the guru of Shri. P N Muralidharan and has been a source of inspiration to CFA right since its inception.



Vidwan Shri. 'Chitravina' N. Narasimhan
Advisory Panel
Prof. T.N. Krishnan - Chairman
Dr Haridwaramangalam A K Palanivel - Tavil Maestro
Shri. ‘Chitravina’ N Ravikiran - Chitravina maestro & Composer
R. Muthukumar - Chief Editor, Trinity Mirror

Kalaimamani Madras A Kannan

He started his musical voyage at the tender age of six under the tutelage of the eminent mridangam exponent Peethambara Desai and, later on, under Tanjore Ramadoss Rao. Kannan also learnt veena and vocal simultaneously. He used to practice for long hours at home which made him participate in the Dussehra music festival at Mysore. The erstwhile ruler Krishna Rajendra Udayar eulogised him for his exemplary laya control. His father Adhimoolam played a pivotal role in grooming Kannan. In fact, he was instrumental in making Kannan shift to mridangam. A legend in his lifetime, he has been participating in many programmes in AIR right from its inception.


Smt. Suguna Purushothaman

Belonging to the sishya parampara of the bard of Tiruvaiyaru, Saint Tyagaraja, Suguna started learning music from the tender age of eight.Her musically-inclined mother, a violinist, put her under the guidance of Savithri, who was Suguna’s first guru.She later on learnt from Mannargudi Ramamurthi.She is very well versed with playing the Queen of instruments,the Veena.Her desire was to specialise in Pallavi singing,which became possible when she was under the tutelage of Venkatrama Iyer.She is a genius in dealing with talas(2 different talas simultaneously in two hands).She has performed Pallavis with different nadais and different talas at many concerts.She is an A graded artiste at the AIR since 1962.


Dr B M Sundaram

B.M. Sundaram is a leading historian of South Indian dance and music. Hailing from a traditional family of musicians that can be traced back over 40 generations, he has published extensively on the performance cultures and communities of South India. Son of the great tavil percussionist Needamangalam Meenakshisundaram Pillai, Dr. Sundaram received early music training from Melattur Narayanasvami Iyer, Vaiyacheri Janakirama Iyer, Thanjavur K Rama Iyer, and later, from Padma Vibhushan Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna. Formerly Music Producer and Composer with the All India Radio, Pondicherry, Dr. Sundaram has been honoured with several prestigious awards including the Kalaimamani Award from the Tamilnadu State Government and the Kalabharati Award from the Tansen Festival in Gwalior.


Prof Mysore V Subramanya

Mysore V.Subramanya is the great-grandson of Veena Seshanna, the legendary musician of Mysore Palace and son of Swaramurthy V. N. Rao, veteran artiste of Karnataka. Trained in the intricacies of the art of Veena playing and a Musicologist with deep knowledge of technical aspects of music and dance, he has specialized in the field of review of fine arts. He has scripted and directed several programmes for All India Radio and Doordarshan. A leading archivist of Karnataka, he has built archives with photographs of great musicians, dancers and other artistes. He is a Trustee of the Mysore Palace Trust. He is the recipient of several awards, titles and honours including Critics Award from Karnataka Sangeetha Nritya Academy, "Artist of the Year" of The Bangalore Gayana Samaja, "Jnana Saraswathi Peeth Puraskar" from Suswara, Chennai, and the titles "Karnataka Kalashri", "Sangeetha Kalabhushana", and "Sahitya Kalashree".


Dr Tadepally Lokanadha Sarma

Lokanadha Sarma hails from a family of Musicians from Tenali in Andhra Pradesh. He was initiated in to Music by his revered father Sri. T.V. Subrahmanya Sastry. During the youthful years of study, Lokanadha Sarma had the privilege of receiving training from stalwarts like Sri Musiri Subramania Iyer and Sri Chittoor Subramania Pillai. Dr Sarma founded an institution, named Suswaraa in 1989.


Haridwaramangalam A K Palanivel

A. K. Palanivel first learnt to play thavil under the tutelage of his father S. Kumaravel. From 1959 onwards, he was given extensive training by T.G. Muthukumara Swamy Pillai. He has performed widely in India and abroad accompanying senior artists and participating in ensembles of instrumental music and also dance. In 2001 he received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. He plays alongside not just the Nagasvaram, but also other classical instruments like the violin, flute, clarinet, mandolin, and saxophone and in conjunction with vocal music too. ‘Nadalaya Natyam’ was started by Sri. A. K. Palanivel. This is a program of a combination of the Tavil, Nagasvaram, Mridangam, Violin and vocals. The dancers give the Bharatanatya for this program. A. K. Palanivel has composed complex rhythmic patterns and has won the admiration of experts of this field.


Prof. T. N. Krishnan

TN Krishnan, a child prodigy, made his debut concert at the age of eight. At a young age he accompanied legends like Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, Musiri Subramania Iyer, Alathur Brothers, Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar, M D Ramanathan and Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer. He travels extensively on musical tours all over the world. In the midst of his concert commitments Krishnan has also carried on his father's tradition of teaching music to a number of students, both in the traditional parampara setting and more formal academic environments.

Krishnan was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1974 and became a Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship of the academy in 2006. He received the Sangeetha Kalanidhi in 1980. Krishnan was awarded the Padma Shri in 1973 and the Padma Bhushan in 1992 by the Government of India.He received the Sangeetha Kalasikhamani award for the year 1999 given by The Indian Fine arts Society, Chennai. He is also a recipient of Chennai Fine Arts' Gotuvadyam Narayana Iyengar Award for Excellence in the year 2014.


Chitravina N. Ravikiran

Chitravina N. Ravikiran is one of India's most celebrated musicians today. A slide instrumentalist, vocalist, composer, guru, author & orator, he is also the innovator of the concept Melharmony in world music. He is the grandson of famous musician Gotuvadyam Narayana Iyengar. Ravikiran trained extensively under his father, Chitravina Narasimhan. Ravikiran has over 600 classical Indian compositions to his credit Ravikiran is the author of several books such as, Appreciating Carnatic Music, Perfecting Carnatic Music Level I and II and Life and Contributions of Oottukkadu Venkata Kavi. He is also the founder of the International Foundation for Carnatic Music.


R. Muthu Kumar

Mr. R. Muthu Kumar, the current editor & Publisher of Makkal Kural and Trinity Mirror, joined Makkal Kural as Photo Journalist in 1986. He had a flair for reporting and soon learned all the aspects of journalism from his Uncle and Founding Editor Mr.M Shanmugavel. In order to suitably use his potential, Editor MS thought it fit to start the English daily, Trinity Mirror in 1996 and put Mr. Muthukumar in charge of the edition. After the death of Mr. Shanmugavel in December 2008, Mr. Muthukumar became the Editor and Publisher of both Makkal Kural and Trinity Mirror. He is becoming increasingly popular for his crisp writings on both economic and political subjects. He is the Secretary of Smash Badminton Club which conducts summer camps and tournaments for juniors. Mr. Muthukumar was keen to fulfill the dream of his late Uncle and he joined hands with his close friend Mr. Murali Raghavan who is a well known figure in music circles to organize the “Trinity Festival of India” on a grand scale.


V Ramjee

The MD of Makkal Kural Tamil Daily, Shri. Ramjee is an active participant of cultural activities in the city. He is known for his enthusiasm in supporting and promoting fine arts.


Dr. Premeela Gurumurthy

Dr. Premeela Gurumurthy wears many hats — thinking musician, musicologist, administrator, culinary expert, etc. Her doctoral thesis, ‘Kathakalakshepa - A Study,’ contains a fund of information that would stimulate interest in this art form. Being the daughter-in-law of S. Rajam gives her yet another dimension. She is the present Chair person of the School of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Madras, Chennai. She has to her credit the introduction of many courses including the masters degree in percussion instruments named ‘Rhythmology’ and the six months certificate course in Karnatik Music.


Sikkil R Bhaskaran

Sri Bhaskaran served as Executive Committee Member in Tiruvaiyaru Thyaga Brahma Festival Committee for several years. From 1988 to 1994, he served as Secretary with Isai Perarigzer Sri Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan. Sri Bhaskaran has served as Station Artist in Chennai Radio Station from 1976 to 1994, and has given national level performances at Sangeet Sammelans. The late Sri Valangaiman Shanmuga Sundaram Pillai had accompanied Sri Bhaskaran on Thavil, as a part of his solo violin performances. He established Isapani Mandram and arranged monthly concerts. In the year 1983, Sri Bhaskaran was honoured with the Kalaimamani title by the Tamil Nadu Government.

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