B. Rajam Iyer was a well known Carnatic musician and scholar. Born on 1st July 1922, at Pavattakudi (near Ramnad), Rajam Iyer had his initial training under Tirugokarnam Subbayya Bhagavatar and vidwan Ganapati Iyer of Kunnakkudi. He had the good fortune, when he was only 15 years old, to be accepted as a disciple by Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar. His musical talents were shaped by Ariyakudi's influence.
He provided musical accompaniment for his guru for many years. Another strong strand of the musical wealth acquired by Rajam Iyer was the corpus of Muthuswami Dikshitar’s kriti-s which he learnt from none other than T.L. Venkatarama Iyer, an expert on the subject.
Developing a keen interest in the theoretical and lakshana aspects of Carnatic music, Rajam Iyer served as Professor of Musicology in the Tamil Nadu Government College of Music from 1966 to 1981, and Principal of the Teacher's College of Music, affiliated to the Music Academy, from 1983 till his voluntary retirement.
He was a co-editor of the Tamil version of Subbarama Dikshitar's Sangeeta Sampradaya Pradarsini published by the Music Academy. An outstanding teacher, he undertook many lecture tours and conducted workshops in the U.K., U.S.A., and Canada.