R.SANKARANARAYANAN hails from a traditional music family of the legendary Sangeetha Kalanidhi Brahmashri Papanasam Sivan. His father, Papanasam Sri R. Ramani Bhagavathar is one of the direct disciples of Sri Sivan and an eminent Nama Sankeerthanam exponent.
He started learning Mridangam from Vidwan Papanasam Sri Kumar for few months and now he is under the able guidance of Mridangam Legend “Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee” “Kalaimamani” Vidwan Srimushnam Shri V.Rajarao to learn the nuances and intricacies.
At the age of 9, he started performing for carnatic music concerts. From then on, he has performed all over India accompanying various senior artistes like Chevalier Padma Vibhushan Dr. M. BalamuraliKrishna, Sangeetha Kalanidhi Shri.T.K. Govinda Rao, Padma Bhushan Sangeetha Kala Acharya Sri. P. S. Narayanaswami, Padma Shri Dr. N. Ramani, Padma Bhushan Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sri. T. N. Seshagopalan, Padma Bhushan Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sri. T. V. SankaraNarayanan, Sangeetha Sreshta Sri. T. V. Gopalakrishnan, Sangeetha Kalanidhi Clarinet Maestro Sri. A. K. C. Natarajan, Sangeetha Kalanidhis Bombay Sisters, Sangeetha Kalanidhis Sikkil Sisters, Sangeetha Acharya Smt. Suguna Purushothaman, Sangeetha Acharya Smt. Suguna Varadachari, Kalaimamani A. Kanyakumari, Violin Maestros Kalaimamanis Shri. Ganesh & Shri. Kumaresh, Chitraveena Maestro Sangeetha Choodamani Sri N. Ravikiran, Sangeetha Choodamani Smt. Aruna Sairam, Sangeetha Kala Bharathi Shri T.M.Krishna etc., He has also performed in Australia, Singapore and Dubai.
He is an ‘A’ graded artiste of All India Radio, Chennai. Sankaranarayanan has a few Cd / Cassette recordings to his credit.
Sankaranarayanan has done M.A., M.Phil., with his M.Phil dissertation topic being “ Depiction of Mridangam in Sanskrit literature”.