N. Vijay Siva. Photo Courtesy: K.V. Gopalakrishnan

Born to Smt. Akhila Siva and A.N. Siva on 29th March 1967, Sri. Vijay Siva had his schooling in Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan Senior Secondary School, Chennai and graduated from Vivekananda College, Chennai. After initial training in vocal music from his mother, a gold medalist from Carnatic Music College, Chennai, he came under the tutelage of D.K. Jayaraman in 1977 and later continued to take expert guidance from Smt. D.K. Pattammal. Also trained in mridangam by Kumbakkonam Rajappa Iyer and his disciple Srirangarajapuram Jayaraman.

Sri. Vijay Siva has received in excess of 100 prizes for both Carnatic music and mridangam, including first Prize for Thevaram, Tiruvachakam and Thiruppugazh in 1974 and the coveted “Rajaji Tamboora” in 1981 from Tamil Isai Sangam, Chennai. He was awarded titles like “Isai Peroli” (1995) from Karthik Fine Arts, and received the “Youth Award for Excellence” by Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer Trust in 1995, and was the first recipient of “Kalki Krishnamurthy Award (1996)” presented by Kalki Krishnamurthy Memorial Trust, Chennai.

Apart from music, Sri. Vijay Siva is an anti-corruption activist. He actively participated  in Anna Hazare’s  movement in Chennai and  also got token arrested for the same in 2011. He also practices Art of Living.

We are happy to announce that Sri. Vijay Siva has consented to be our Artist of this Month for May.  Please stay tuned for more!

You can find more photos and articles on his website.