He s the 9th generation vina player from the illustrious Karaikudi tradition.
Dr. Karaikudi S. Subramanian’s innovative approach to music education comes from his extensive experience as both a performer and an educator in the field of music for over six decades. This includes nearly a decade of living in the USA while completing his PhD in Ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University.
In the year 1975, the Museum of Berlin-Dahlem – extended an invitation to Subramanium Sir and his sister, Rajeswari Padmanabhan, to undertake the documentation of their family’s musical heritage. This endeavour culminated in the creation of the album – (Music for Vina, South India), which received high acclaim and was honoured with the prestigious – (the German Record Critics’ Award) in 1980. Additionally, his album titled “Sunada,” produced by the renowned label – Music of the World, USA, won the esteemed Naird Award in 1993.