Kovai S.Jayaraman was born on 09.12.1951 in a small, serene and beautiful village - Tirukattupalli, near Thanjavur, “The capital of Fine Arts”. He was born to (Late) Shri A.Sundararama Iyer and Smt S.Brahadambal. His father was a renowned stage artist as well as a great bhagavatha of the yester years. His mother is a good singer.
Kovai Jayaraman started singing at the very tender age of 5 by the influence of his parents. The household was always filled with songs and slokas. The village was also conducting many varieties of functions filled with music and drama. Sir P.S.Sivaswami Iyer High School, Tirukattupalli where he has studied, also encouraged him in singing the daily prayer and on occasions of visit of dignitaries or annual day celebrations. Many certificate were given to him.
He learnt music preliminaries from Tirukkattupalli Govindaraja Pillai, an eminent Nadaswaram exponent. Later took Thanjavur Sri B.M.Sundaram, the great Musicologist, as his Guru, who shaped his singing and introduced him to the ocean of Music. He is ever thankful to his Guru but for whose help he would not have had the opportunity to sing without fear