He is the violin virtuoso who has been trained in the Carnatic style of Music. He is also a brilliant vocalist and composer. He has produced music for the famous music based film called Sringaram: Dance of Love. He became famous for the detailed thillanas and varnam compositions. He has won several major awards like the National Film Award for Best Music Director. He has also been awarded the Padma Shri and later a Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in 2001. He was also a fellow at the Sangeet Natak Academy.