Carnatic Vocalist, Tamil Nadu, India
Date of Birth : 25 - Aug - 1973
Nithyasree was born to Lalitha Sivakumar and I. Sivakumar. Her paternal grandmother, D K Pattammal and her granduncle, D K Jayaraman, were prominent Carnatic vocalists. Her maternal grandfather was Palaghat Mani Iyer, the Mridangam maestro.
Her mother, Lalitha Sivakumar, was her first Guru. Like her mother, Nithyashree came under the tutelage of D K Pattammal, and would accompany her in concerts. Nithyashree's father, an accomplished Mridangist and disciple of Palghat Mani Iyer, would constantly show his support and accompany Nithyashree when she performed.
Nithyashree and her husband, Mahadevan, have two daughters, Tanujasree and Tejasree
Nithyashree's maiden performance was titled 'best concert of the series'. She is an AIR Prize Winner (1990) and has been an 'A' grade artist. She has been awarded the "Yuva Kala Bharathi" title by Bharath Kalachar in 1994, "Innisai Maamani" by Tamil Nadu Welfare Association, "Kalaimamani" by Hamsadhwani in 2000, "Isai Paeroli" by Kartik Fine Arts in 2001.
Other prestigious awards conferred on her are "Padma Sadhana" (2004), and "Naada Kovida" (2006). She has received "Best Concert Award" from The Music Academy during the music festivals a couple of times, and has also performed for the "Sangeeth Natak Academy" twice in their International Music Festivals in Bombay and Hyderabad. She was awarded a doctorate degree from Sathyabama university of Jeppiar in late 2007