Born in 1929 in Nallaya, Kerala, Shri Janardanan Nedungadi was trained in traditional Sopana Sangeetam by his father Shri Anujan Thirumulpad. Shri Nedungadi has made a notable contribution to the presentation and propagation of Sopana Sangeetam. He excels in the rendering of Ashtapadis which he has been singing in the Shri Krishna temple at Guruvayoor for over three decades as part of daily temple ritual. Shri Janardanan Nedungadi is widely known and respected in Kerala for his devotional music. He received the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi Award in 1993. Shri Janardanan Nedungadi receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contri- bution to Sopana Sangeetam.