Thiruvaarur Bakthavathsalam
Mridangam Artiste, Tamil Nadu, India
Date of Birth : 25 - Oct - 1956

Thiruvaarur Bakthavathsalam had his initial tutelage from his maternal uncle Thiruvarur Krishnamurthy and was further groomed by his mother T. R. Anandavalli, herself a talented musician. He has played in prestigious Jugalbandhi concerts featuring Carnatic and Hindustani maestros.

He has accompanied many well-known artists like M. L. Vasanthakumari, K. J. Yesudas, Madurai Somu, N. Ramani, V. G. Jog, Bhimsen Joshi, Maharajapuram Santhanam, K. V. Narayanaswamy, T. N. Krishnan, T. V. Sankaranarayanan, M. Balamuralikrishna and U. Srinivas for more than 35 years now.

He holds the esteemed secretary post of Kanchi Kamakoti Peeta Karnataka Sangeetha Mummoorthigal Mahotsava Nithya Seva Samiti, Thiruvarur, that holds a week long Mummoorthigal Jayanthi annually. He is the founder, director of the "LayaMadhura" school of music, which has its headquarters at Chennai,coimbatore and Toronto, Canada.

He has led the “Laya Madhura Mridanga Yagna” on the occasion of 68th birthday celebrations of Parama Pujya Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji on May, 2010 the first ever of its kind musical presentation. He also led one more mridhanga yagna in Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, Kanchipuram with 76 mridangam artistes recently. Bakthavathsalam married Rajam on 22 May 1985. His wife Rajam is the daughter of Vazhuvoor samraj and she is the grand daughter of Vazhuvoor B.Ramaiah Pillai. They have three daughters Harini, Mahalakshmi and Lavanya.

Shows & Major Performances

He has been on concert tours in the US, UK, Europe, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, accompanying a galaxy of musicians on the Mridangam for musicians of three generations. He has also performed in Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka and the U.A.E.

He has represented India in many music festivals held abroad, some of which were
organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi. Some of his notable performances are Tala Vadhya Kutcheri at the festival of India, Paris in June 1985, flute and violin Jugalbandis in Australia in February 1987, the Olympic music festival held in Barcelona in Spain in 1992, a festival of Indian Music in U.S.S.R. in 1997, the fund-raising programme organised by the Bay Area Tamil Mandram and Sankara eye foundation at Hayward, California, US in 2003.

Contact: +9144.2811.3811, +9144.2811.4144

Awards & Recognitions

Sangeet Natak Akademi Award
Goverment of India
State Govt. of Tamilnadu
Asthana Vidwan
of Sri Kanchi Kamokoti Peetam.
by Kalalaya, Kumbakonam.
Isai Chelvam
from Muthamizh Peravai.
Laya Vadhya
Samarat Indian Classical Musicians Federation, Kumbakonam.
Mridhanga Chakravathi
by Nemili Bala Thirupurasundari Bala Peetam
Thala Vidhyadhara Sudha
by Sakthi Arul Koodam Narpavi, Tambaram.
Lifetime Achievement Award
by the Shanthi Arts Foundation, Chennai.
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