He was born at Polagam village in the district of Thanjavur , which was home to the musical trinity of Carnatic music. His given name was Ramaiya. In , when Ramaiya was just 7, his father died. His mother Yogambal, along with her sons, left Thanjavur and were forced to move to Trivandram now Thiruvananthapuram in to seek the aid of his uncle. At Thiruvananthapuram, Ramaiya learned Malayalam and later he joined the Maharaja Sanskrit college and obtained a degree in grammar. Ramaiya was very religious, and with the death of his mother Yogambal in , when he was 20, became even more so.
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A famous composer, Sivan was also known as Tamil Thyagayya. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar and M. He was born at Polagam Village in the district of Thanjavur, which was home to the illustrious musical trinity of Carnatic music.
His given name was Ramaiya. In , when Ramaiya was just 7, his father died. His mother Yogambal, along with her sons, left Thanjavur and moved to Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, where her brother-in-law was a Ramayana Sastri in the renowned Padmanabha Swamy Temple. At Thiruvananthapuam, Ramaiya learned Malayalam and Sanskrit and later earned a degree in grammar. Ramaiya was very religious, and with death of his mother in Yogambal when he was 20, became even more so.
He wandered from place to place visiting temples and singing devotional songs. Ramaiya used to be an active participant in the devotional music sessions at the home of Neelakandasivan in Thiruvananthapuram. Thus he learned many of the musical compositions of Neelakandasivan. In this period, his wanderings would take him regularly to the temple at Papanasam, where he would smear bhasma all over his body.
Hence people began to refer him as Papanasam Sivan, the name by which he was to become well known later. He picked up his first music lessons from Noorani Mahadeva Bhagavatar, son of Parameswara Bhagavatar. Later he became the disciple of Konerirajapuram Vaidyanath Iyer, a well-known musician, under whose tutelage Sivan blossomed into a consummate artiste that he was. In spite of his deep knowledge of music, Papanasam Sivan was more interested in the devotional aspect of music.
He preferred to sing devotional songs and encouraged other singers take part in sessions of devotional music with him. Papanasam Sivan was a regular in all the major temple festivals in South India with his devotional songs. Later in Papanasam Sivan received the President award. Rukmani Ramani who is a leading Carnatic Musician in Chennai. Ashok Ramani who is his grandson is also a successful Carnatic Musician.
Another daughter by name Nila Ramamurthy also composes Carnatic music. He had an elder brother Rajagopal Iyer whose daughter V. Janaki was an actress and wife of former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. Rajagopal Iyer also had a son P. Narayanan who was a great educationist in Chennai. Sruthi Kumar Vocalist and Veena player , Kum. Source: Wiki-pedia.