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Kalaimamani Thiruvalaputhur T.A. Kaliyamurthy was born on 22-10-1948 in Thiruvalaputhur to V.Arunachalam Pillai and Smt.Rajamani Ammal.

He belongs to a talented musical artist family hereditarily. His paternal grand father Thiru.Vaithilingam Pillai was a famous Mridanga Vidwan of his time. His grand father’s elder brother Pasupathia Pillai was running a residential musical school and had produced several famous artists. Pasupathia Pillai was very famous in the art of playing Thavil and used a special technique in the play of thavil called “Thiruvalaputhur Method”. Kalyani Ammal elder sister of Pasupathia Pillai was a famous Bharata Natyam artist and had got several prizes and awards of titles and used a special technique in the art of Bharata Natyam called as “Pandanallur Method” during her performance of Natyam at several states and temple festivals. Thus his ancestors rendered and dedicated themselves in the art of music in several ways.

Thiru.Kaliyamurthy began to learn thavil from his maternal uncle Thiru. S. Kadirvel Pillai from the age of 5 to age of 8. At the age of 8 he started to learn Thavil from his great grand father Pasupathia Pillai Thavil Vidwan of Thiruvalaputhur and got special training in Thavil using Rhymes and Rhythms and other items necessary for the art.

After 7 years of training he started to play thavil individually. He also participated as “Special Thavil Artist” in various concerns with all leading Nadaswara vidwans like Thiruvengadu T.P. Subramani Pillai, Thiruvizhimizhalai Govindaraja Pillai brothers, Sembanarkoil S.R.Dakshinamoorthy Pillai brothers, Thirumeignanam Nataraja Sundaram Pillai, Namagiripettai Krishnan, Madurai Sethuraman Ponnusami brothers, Sheik Chinna Moulana Sahib, Clarinet Everest A.K.C. Natarajan and the likes and got reputations and several titles.

Like his Great grand father Pasupathia Pillai, he had impended training in thavil to more than 300 students of Tamil Nadu, Andhra and Pondichery and specialized them in the art of thavil. From the age of 14 he had began to play in specialized thavil and was praised by public and several famous vidwans.

From then onwards, he had become a master in playing thavil, on which he had made many achievements and got several awards. At present he is an “A” grade artist.