Born in 1922 in Sethalapathi, Tamil Nadu, Shrimati Kalpakam Swaminathan received her training in Carnatic music under Shri Anantha Krishna Iyer, Shri Musiri Subramaniya Iyer and Shri Budalur Krishna Sastry. She has distinguished herself as a Veena player in the Tanjavur style and is also an accomplish- ed vocalist. Shrimati Kalpakam Swami- nathan has performed on the concert platform for many years and is well known for her rendering of Muthuswamy Dikshitar’s Kritis. She has taught in leading institutions including Kalakshetra and Central College of Karnatak Music, Madras. Among other honours she received the title Kalaimamani from the Tamil Nadu Eyallsai Nataka Manram in 1980. Shrimati Kalpakam Swami- nathan receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for her contribution to Carnatic instrumental music.