Born in 1936 in Palakkad; Kerala, Shri KP. Udayabhanu received his training in vocal music under MD. Ramanathan, Viswanatha Iyer, Palakkad Ramabhagava- thar and other eminent teachers. Shri Udayabhanu is acknow- ledged as one of the finest music composers of the country. He has been prolific in his output over a career spanning thirty-eight years, composing light classical music for documentary films as well as music for a variety of stage productions. The Kerala Kala- mandalam, the Kerala Sahitya Akademi, and the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi are some of the notable institutions which have commissioned his music for their productions. He is also one of the foremost singers of contemporary Mala- yalam songs, and has travelled with his group of musicians to the U.S.A., Canada, Singapore, and several countries in Europe and the Gulf on performance tours.