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Dr. L. Subramaniam, learnt music from his father, Professor V. Lakshminarayana.  They follow the tradition of Carnatic, or South Indian Classical Music.

Prof. V. Lakshminarayana Iyer is one of the few rare musicians who can claim to be proud of belonging to the musical lineage of the eternal trinity of carnatic music. He even goes a step beyond and confirms his place as a tenth generation pupil in the bhajana-sampradaya lineage of saint Narayana theertha from Andhra Pradesh. He not only belonged to these shishya-paramparas but was possibly the first carnatic violinist and possibly south Indian classical instrumentalist to be associated with these lineages.


 Narayana Teertha (1580-1680)

 Shyama Shastry (1762-1827)

 Muthuswamy Dikshithar (1775-1835)


 Sonty Venkata Ramaniah (17th Century)

 Subbraya Shastry (1803-1862)

 Baluswami Dikshitar (1786-1858)


 Sonty Venkata Ramaniah (18th Century)

 Annaswamy Shastry (1827-1900)

 Tanjore Vadivelu (1810-1845) and Varahappaiyer (19th century)


 Saint Tyagaraja (1767-1847)

 Tanjore Kamakshiamma (18th Century)



 Sabhapati Sivan (19th century)

 Veena Dhanammal (1867-1938)

 Parameshwara Bhagvathar (19th century)


 Pallavi Duraiswamy Iyer (d.1893)

 Kanchipuram Nainapillai (1889-1934)

 Gopala Bhagvathar (20th century)


 Sambasiva Ieyr (1837-1893) and Sabesa Iyer (1872-1948)

 Thiruparkkadal Srinivasa Iyengar (20th century)

 Prof. V Lakshminarayana (1911-1990)


 Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagvatar (1877-1945)

 Prof. V Lakshminarayana (1911-1990)

 Dr. L. Subramaniam



 Prof. V Lakshminarayana

 Dr. L Subramaniam



 Dr. L. Subramaniam




Due to a lack of serious documentation efforts in the past, a lot of historic details have been blurred, including the dates of birth and death of many musicians prior to Professors times. But a detailed research across a cross-section of books and reference guides on music has come of great help in tracking down each of these lineages.

Going by the following books, articles and references this chart has been detailed out.

–       Sangita ratnakara – Adyar library (1945)

–       Tanjore sangeetha vidhya mahajana sangam – IV  quarterly report (august 9th 1913)

–       Music and musicians – Brevet publishing U.K Ltd. Croydon (1966)

–       Articles by Ellarvi published between 1955 – 1963

–       Some musicians and their patrons – 1800 AD – in madras city (after sarvadeva vilasa) – Dr.V.Raghavan

–       A dictionary of south Indian music and musicians , the Indian publishing house, Madras (1952) – prof. P.Sambamurthy

–       Personalities in present day music , Rockhouse & sons (1933) – E.Krishna Ayyar

–       The spiritual heritage of Tyagaraja , sri Ramakrishna math, Madras (1958 and 1966) – Ramanujachari and V.Raghavan

–       Thiagaraja (1927) – M.S.Ramaswamy Ayyar

–     A Garland – biographical dictionary of Carnatic musicians and composers – Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan (1990) – N. Rajagopalan

  Researched and compiled by Veejay Sai