Thiruvalaputhur T A Kaliyamurthy

Kalaimamani Thiruvalaputhur T A Kaliyamurthy (born October 22, 1948) is a famous Thavil artist providing 'special' Thavil accompaniment ('Special' in percussion circles denotes selection-grade status and seniority) to the Nagaswaram maestros.

Thiruvalaputhur T A Kaliyamurthy
Birth nameArunachalam Pillai Kaliyamurthy
Born (1948-10-22) October 22, 1948
OriginThiruvalaputhur, Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu
GenresCarnatic music
Occupation(s)Thavil Artist
Years active1963 – present

The Cauvery delta region has produced several musicians who have been upholding the rich tradition of Carnatic music. Several hamlets in and around Kumbakonam and Mayiladuthurai (erstwhile Mayavaram) have had a major share in the proliferation of Nagaswaram and Thavil vidwans since time immemorial. Thiruvalaputhur is one such hamlet from where Thavil vidwan T.A. Kaliyamoorthy hails.[1] [2][3]

Early life

Kalaimamani Thiruvalaputhur T.A. Kaliyamurthy was born on 22 October 1948 in Thiruvalaputhur to Arunachalam Pillai and Smt. Rajamani Ammal.

His maternal uncle Thiru. S. Kadirvel Pillai was his first Teacher from the age of 5 to age of 8. At the age of 8 he was taught Thavil under his great grand father Pasupathia Pillai Thavil Vidwan of Thiruvalaputhur and got special training in Thavil using Rhymes and Rhythms and other items necessary for the art.

Performing career

After 7 years of training he started to play the art of thavil individually. He also participated as “Special Thavil Artist” in various concerns with all leading Nadaswara vidwans like Thiruvengadu T.P. Subramani Pillai, Thiruvizhimizhalai Govindaraja Pillai brothers, Sembanarkoil S.R.Dakshinamoorthy Pillai brothers, Thirumeignanam Nataraja Sundaram Pillai, Namagiripettai Krishnan, Madurai Sethuraman Ponnusami brothers, Sheik Chinna Moulana, Clarinet Everest A.K.C. Natarajan.

Has been awarded the A-High grade with 43 years Service. Performs regularly on the All India Radio and Doordarshan.

He was also Judge of Local Audition Committee All India Radio, Trichirapalli up to 15.08.1991


  • Layagana Thavil Arasu
    (Vengateswara Bakthajanasabha of Royapettah Chennai in the year 1968)
  • Sunatha Thavil Isai Chakravarthi
  • Din Dima Kalanipuna Makuda Rathna
    (Salem Sangeetha vidhwa sabhai)
  • Bala Bhishvesvara
    (Bangalore Sangeetha Vidwa sabhai)
  • Kalaimamani
    (Tamil Nadu State Government in the year 1981)
  • Isalmamurasu
    (Thiruvaiyar Tamil Isai Vizha)
  • Thavil Selvam
    (Muthamiz peravai Chennai in the year 1983)
  • Akila Ulaga Thavil Vaadiya Janaranjaga Laya Chakravarthi
    (Tiruchi RR Sabha in the year 1999)
  • Thavil Meeadhai
    (Yenkan Sangeetha Isai Vizha)
  • Sangeetha Kalasagara
    (Visakha Music Academy, Visakapattinam in the year 2005)
  • Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham Asthana Vidwan
  • Kendra Sangeet Natak Academy award (2014)[4]


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