Pithukuli Murugadas (25 January 1920 - 17 November 2015) is an eminent religious singer from Tamil Nadu. He is best known for his compositions on the Hindu deity Murugan.
Pithukuli Murugadas was born as Balasubramanian in Coimbatore to Alamelu and Sundaram Iyer in a devout Brahmin family. At the age of seven, he went to practice yoga in Palani under the tutelage of Nadayogi Brahmananda Paradesiar. He was also called "Pittukuli" by his teacher. In 1931, at the age of eleven, he participated in the Salt Satyagraha campaign and spent some days in prison. During 1936, while participating in the nationwide Satyagraha to protest against the Jalianwalla Bagh massacre he was imprisoned for six months. He was released later as Government's gesture on the occasion of the wedding of Mysore Maharaja Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar.
In 1935, at the age of 15, he relinquished his house and started his pilgrimage. He began wandering around the country. In 1939, he visited Swami Ramadoss of Kanjangadu Ashram in South Kanara and Mata Krishnabai. He was named as Murugadas by Swami Ramadoss as he sang on Lord Muruga. In 1940, he spent a few days with Avadhudha Swami Swayam Prakash at Sendhamangalam and then went on a pilgrimage by foot and traveled throughout India. He learnt various renderings of Brahmananda Paradesiar and Ramana Maharishi. In 1946, he joined Thirupugaz Mani in popularizing Bhajans praising Muruga. After Independence in 1947, he became the patron of the orphanage known as Dhinabandhu Ashram at Walajapet. In 1978 he married Devi Saroja who is an accomplished artiste in dance, music, Tala Vadya and painting.
Sangeetha Samrat (1956) by Swami Sivananda
Kalaimamani (1984) by Government of Tamil Nadu
Guru Surajananda Award (1989)
Madhura Gana Mamani (1994)
Sangeetha Nataka Academy Award (1998)
Thiagarajar Award by The National Cultural Organization of New Delhi