Acclaimed widely as the most versatile musician of our times, TRS (as he is popularly known) is the pride of the Government College of Music, Madras, from where he passed out with the first rank and with the postgraduate 'Sangeetha Vidwan' title in 1951. He had the good fortune to learn under the feet of late Musiri Subramanian Iyer.
Since then, he grew into a top-ranking vocalist of all-round mastery and is still celebrated everywhere as the 'Pallavi King'. He has recently retired after a distinguished and dedicated service of thirty years in the Faculty of Music, Delhi University.
TRS is also a musicologist of repute. He is being repeatedly invited for lectures and demonstrations in all corners of India and countries like the USA, the UK, Canada, Japan, Australia and Singapore and by prestigious institutions like the Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
He has appeared repeatedly in the National Programme and Sangeet Sammelan of All India Radio and Doordarshan. He has released an EP record under the label of HMV which was a sell-out and so were his subsequent cassettes of teaching sessions released by 'Saraswati', a reputed cultural organization of Madras. TRS's videos and recording of music lessons are extremely popular in the USA, Japan and other countries.
Musicians with an altruistic nature and genuine concern for the welfare of fellow musicians, particularly young and upcoming ones, are extremely rare to find and TRS is the first among them. There has been hardly any musical event in Delhi without TRS's contribution in some form or the other in the past four decades.
'Sangeetha Choodamani' from Krishna Gana Sabha, Madras, 'Sangeeta Mahamahopadhyaya' from Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Maha Vidyalaya at the All India Music Teacher's Conference, Kanpur, and 'Sangeetha Kala Sagara' at Cleveland, U.S.A. are among the many titles conferred on him. TRS is also an M.A. Degree holder in English literature, and a recipient of the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi Award 2003. His Pallavis and Varnams have appeared in print, which has proved to be very popular with students and music lovers.
Some of his varnams have been converted into padavarnams and they are proving very popular with dancers in India and abroad. He is a dedicated teacher and has disciples in all corners of the globe. Quite a few of these have become highly accomplished performing artistes and many of his them are highly reputed teachers in universities. The Delhi Music Fraternity honoured this Musician's Musician of all round excellence with the title of "Sarvasreshta Sangita Vidvanmani".