Papanasam Ramani Bhagavathar
Papanasam Ramani Bhagavathar is the grandson of Sangeetha Kalanidhi Brahmasri Papanasam Sivan, the great composer and Vageyakara of the 20th century.
Sri Ramani Bhagavathar underwent training in carnatic music from his childhood & in regular contact with all the three Bhajan mutts (Govindapuram,Thiruvisai Nallur & Marudhanallur) in Southern India. Since 1964, he has been conducting Dakshina Bharatha Sampradaya Bhajans and is closely associated with Pudukottai Sri Gopala Krishna Bhagavathar, Sri Sancheevi Bhagavathar, Arana Sathsangam, Kalaimamani Sri Pithukulli Murugadas, Brahma Sri Papanasam Kunjumani Bhagavathar & Sri Gnanananda Bhajan Mandali etc...
Bhajans & contribution to Carnatic music: Apart from all the major cities in India, he has travelled widely in the United States, Singapore etc. and conducted a number of Nama Sankeerthanams(Bhajans), Radha Kalyanams,Sita Kalyanams & Thirupugazh Bhajans. His specialization is on Oothukadu Sri Venkatasubbaiyar’s Rasapadam (Sri Krishna Ganam)& Papanasam Sri Sivan’s compositions. He has released a number of cassettes and CDs on Sri Krishna Ganam, Marathi Abhangs, Siva Ashtapathi etc. Recently May 9th 2009, Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam [Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal] released Sri Ramani Bhagavathar's CD titled "Sri Bhodhendra Charanamrutham".
Felicitations & Titles:
Graded vocal artist of Chennai AIR/Doordarshan, India.
He has been honoured with awards and titles like
- Sri Kanchi Kama koti Peetam Asthana Vidwan
- Bhagavatha Rathnam
- Nama Sankeerthana Samrat
- Rasa Geetha Premi
- Isai Gnana Thilakam