Kumbakonam K Swaminathan is the illustrious disciple of Singaram Pillai and Natchiyar koil V Raghu. He inherited the legacy of rhythm from a tender age and started performing from a young age, accompanying leading artistes in and around his home town of Kumbakonam.
He is “A” grade artist in All India Radio.
He has been a recipient of some awards like:
- Best Percussionist award - from Sri Krishna gana Sabha in 2005.
- Best Mridangam Artiste award - from Sri Parthasarathy Swamy Sabha in 2008 December Series.
- He has received very honourable award from SHRI KANCHI KAMAKOTI MATT which is “Kanchi kamakoti peeta asthaana vidhwan” in 2012
- Best Percussionist award – Again from Sri Krishna gana Sabha in 2012.
Swaminathan has toured all over India and abroad for his performances. He is specially known for his clarity and understanding accompaniment, which has been highly acclaimed by Press and Critics.