Natesan Ramani

Born on 15 October 1934 in Tiruvarur in Tamil Nadu, Shri Natesan Ramani received his training in music initially from his grandfather Shri Azhiyur Narayanaswamy Iyer, and later from Shri T.R. Mahalingam. He gave his first solo flute recital at the All India Radio when he was only twelve years old. He has established himself as one of the leading flautists of Carnatic music and has performed in many prestigious music festivals both in India and abroad. He has been an accompanist with many eminent musicians of Carnatic music such as Shri T.N. Krishnan, Shri Lalgudi Jayaraman, Shri M.S. Gopalakrishnan, and Shri Palghat T.S. Mani Iyer.
The founder of the Ramani Academy of Flute in Chennai, Shri Ramani has trained a number of students. He has many recordings to his credit and has published a book titled Ramaniya Geetha. A documentary film has been produced on his life and work by Doordarshan, Trichur (Kerala) in 2009. Shri Ramani has received numerous titles and awards including the Kalaimamani conferred by Tamil Nadu Eyal Isai Nataka Manram of the Government of Tamil Nadu, the Padma Shri by the Government of India, the Chowdaiah Memorial Award by the Government of Karnataka, the Sangeetha Kalanidhi by Music Academy, Chennai, the National Artist Award by Prasar Bharati, and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.
Shri Natesan Ramani is elected Tagore Fellow of Sangeet Natak Akademi for his contribution to Indian music.