Palladam Sanjiva Rao

Palladam Sanjiva Rao (1882–1962) was an Indian flautist and carnatic musician from the state of Tamil Nadu.

Personal lifeEdit

Sanjiva Rao was born in 1882 in the town of Palladam near Coimbatore in a Thanjavur Marathi family. Sanjiva Rao learnt music under Shatkala Narasayya and Sirkazhi Narayanaswamy and learnt flute from Sarabha Sastri for seven years.

He was awarded the prestigious title of "Sangita Kalanidhi" for his services to Classical Indian Music by the Music Academy Chennai. His playing is noted for its unique style and the tonality. He also received the Sangeetha Kalasikhamani award bestowed on him by The Indian Fine Arts Society, Chennai in 1943.

Palladam Sanjiva Rao is the grandfather of singer Prasanna.


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