- Published By: sruti
Mridangam maestro Mani was born on
11 September 1945 in Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu.
His father T. Ramanatha Iyer, who hailed from
Ganapati Agraharam near Kumbakonam, taught English
and mathematics at the Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar High
School, Karaikudi. His mother R. Pattammal belonged
to Budalur, and was related to well-known gottuvadyam
vidwan Budalur Krishnamurthy Sastri.Ramanatha Iyer, who had learnt music from
Mazhavarayanendal Subbarama Bhagavatar as well as
Swaminatha Iyer of Ganapati Agraharam, was a keen
music enthusiast, well-versed in the bhajanai paddhati.