He was born as Anandan Sivamani and is a leading percussionist from India. He is known for playing several instruments like drums, darbuka, udukai, octoban and kanjira. He become famous because of his association with A.R Rahman's troupe. He has been trained in Carnatic music and has played with several international figures. He has been given the Kalaimamani Award by the Tamil Nadu Government in 2009.