Born in 1927 in Mysore, Shri R.
Sathyanarayana hails from a
family of artists and scholars.
He took his Master’s degree in
chemistry and taught the
subject from 1949 to 1984.
Simultaneously, he was a
teacher of Carnatic music, and
continues to teach musicology
and dance theory. He learnt
practical music from his mother
Varalakshmi, a disciple of Veena
Sundarashastri of the Mysore
Shri Sathyanarayana has been long acknowledged as a multi-faceted scholar with wideranging contributions in music, dance, philosophy, education, psychology and cultural anthropology. He is the author of over seventy publications on dance and music including critical editions of Sanskrit treatises, original works on diverse subjects, translations and commentaries. Among his original works are Pundarikamala, Suladis and Ugabhogas of Karnataka Music, Karnataka Sangeetha Vahini, Bharatanatya: A Critical Study and Shruti: The Scalic Foundation. The treatises edited by him include the Abhinava Bharata Sarasangraha of Mummadi Chikkabhupala, S h a r n g a d e v a ’ s Sangeetaratnakara, the Chaturdandi Prakashika of Venkatamakhin, the Ragalakshanam of Mudduvenkatamakhin, and Matanga’s Brihaddeshi. He has also translated the Sangeetaratnakara, the Chaturdandi Prakashika, and many other works into Kannada. A noted public speaker on Indian philosophy, music, dance, yoga, tantra, mantra, the Upanishads and other indological disciplines, Shri Sathyanarayana has led musicians and musicologists to several international seminars and music festivals sponsored by the Government of India. He is associated with many learned institutions in India and abroad and is at present President of the Indian Music Congress.
For his contributions in various disciplines, Shri Sathyanarayana has been honoured with the Karnataka State Rajyotsava Award, the Karnataka Sangeetha Nrutya Academy Award, and honorary D. Litts from the Indira Kala Sangeet Viswavidyalaya, Khairagarh, and Mysore University.
Shri R. Sathyanarayana receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his scholarship in the field of performing arts.