N Padmanaban

Staff Artist(Mridangam)


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Kumbakonam N. Padmanaban, who has a family tradition of music, was encouraged to learn the Mridangam by his parents Late Shri T.V. Nagarajan and Late Smt. Saraswati and started learning under Mridanga Vidwan Late Shri Singaram Pillai since he was 7 years old. After undergoing rigorous training at the Tamil Nadu Govt. Music College, he obtained the title Vadhya Visharat under the patronage of Kalaimamani Shri T.R. Srinivasan. To further his proficiency in the art of Mridangam, he came under the tutelage of Mridangam Maestro Kalaimamani Thiruvaaarur Shri Bakthavathsalam, under the Gurukula system.

Award: B : Highgraded artist of All India Radio and has been giving performances regularly in AIR & Doordarsham from time to time, Secretary of Gayathri Fine Arts.

Performance :Some of the names of the renowned artists whom he accompanied on the Mridangam would be :-Padma Bhushan Prof. T.N. Krishnan, Padma Bhushan Dr. Balamurali Krishna, Late Dr. M.L. Vasantha Kumari, Shri T.R. Subramaniam, Late Shri. Maharajapuram Santhanam, Shri Neduneri Krishnamoorthy, Shri T.V. Sankaranarayanan, Shri. T.V. Gopalakrishnan, Shri O.S. Thyagarajan, Dr. N.Ramani, Late Shri Madurai Somu, Shri M.S. Gopala Krishnan, Dr. Shri K. Vaagesh, Prof. V.V. Subramanian, Smt. T.R. Navaneetham, Sikkil Sisters and Smt. Mala Chandrasekar, Shri Ravi Kiran, Smt. Sudha Raghunathan, Smt. Nithyashree Mahadevan, Shri O.S. Arun, Smt. Bombay Jayashree, Shri Sanjay Subramaniam, Shri Vijaya Shiva, Smt. Aruna Sairam, Dr. Shri Seergazhi Siva Sidambaram, Smt. Visaka Hari, Shri Sikkil Guru Charan etc.He has participated in 108 Laya Madhura Mridanga Yagna at Mysore Avadhoota Datta Peetham conducted by his Guru Thiruvaarur Shri. Bakthavathsalam in May 2010. He has toured all over India and visited many countries like U.K, Germany, Mexico, Spain, Latia, Hungary and ICCR organized tours in Sri Lanka and Italy etc to participate in various cultural programmes organized by different cultural organizations. He is currently working at the Faculty of Music and Fine Arts, University of Delhi.