M.K.S.Siva - Profile Of Classical Musicians

M K S Siva, well known as 'Mambalam' Siva, was born to M K Swaminathan, a great Nadaswaram artiste himself. Siva started handling the Nadaswaram from the tender age of ten and learnt it in the traditional way from his father. He has also performed in the National Programme of Music and also in many other programmes. He has been serving God at the ancient Shiva Vishnu Temple, T Nagar, Chennai, by playing Nadaswaram during the prayers. He also plays at the Tirumala Tirupati Devastanam during special prayers.

Mr. Siva, who had performed in prestigious concerts in India and countries like France, USA, Sri Lanka, UK, Australia and Malaysia and has students abroad, will give the lecture-demonstration and performance.

He also learnt classical vocal music from Shri. Kalakkadu Ramanarayanan Iyer. He is performing for the past 12 years in Sabhas, Temples, Festivals and in marriages. He has also released many audiocassettes under famous banners like HMV, Sangeetha, etc. He has given excellent performance in the "Vadyalahari" group along with Kumari Kanyakumari and other great artistes.

To share his talents and to keep this art alive, he has trained more than fifty students and they are performing at present. Notably, one of his students Mr. William Sketton is now a Professor of Music in USA. His brother M.K.S. Natarajan is also a Nadaswaram artiste and they used to perform together almost in all the programmes. They have given a wide variety of presentations in Hindustani and Carnatic music with this ancient wind instrument.

Siva feels proud that this is the only instrument that can be played in a hall or a concert without a mike. It is capable of producing a thundering sound. Then throughout the festival this is never played again or never given a slot, whereas all the other instruments like Violin, Flute, Mridangam, etc., are played almost every day during the season.

Awards & Titles

He was designated as an 'A' grade artiste in the year 1979 at the All India Radio. He has been awarded many titles including "Madhurandha Visharada", "Nadalayasura Vishradha", "Nadaswara Ezhilisai Thingal", "Nadaswara Sikamani", "Nadakkanal" and "Kalaimamani".