Born on 5 May 1951 at Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Shri Mambalam M.K.S. Siva received his initial training in Carnatic music from his father M.K. Swaminathan. He was further groomed in his art by Kalakadu S. Ramanarayana Iyer.
An outstanding performer of Nagaswaram, Shri Mambalam M.K.S. Siva is an All India Radio Audition Judge, and has many recordings to his credit such as Sangeetha and Sangeetha Sagar. He has trained many students.
Shri Mambalam M.K.S. Siva has been honoured with several titles and awards including the Kalaimamani bestowed by the Tamil Nadu Eyal Isai Nataka Manram (1995); and an honorary Doctorate from the Sathyabama University, Tamil Nadu (2005).
Shri Mambalam M.K.S. Siva receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Carnatic instrumental music.