in Carnatic Music at age of 12 by V.L .
Seshadri, Unnikrishnan was inspired by
Sangita Kalanidhi Dr. S. Ramanathan who
shaped him into a competent and complete
Artiste of aesthetic and technical
excellence. He now receives guidance from
Savitri Satyamurthy and Calcutta
Krishnamurthy. He has also acquired "Veenai
Dhanammal Bani" from Sangita Kalanidhi T.
Brinda and T.Viswanathan.
He is the
recipient of many Honours and Awards which
include "Kalaimamani" from the Govt. of
Tamilnadu, 'Best Raaga' award from Music
Academy, 'Yuvakala Bharati' from Bharat
He has rendered concerts in all
prestigious Sabhas in the country. His audio
cassettes are most popular among rasikas. He
is 'A' grade Artiste in AIR Simultaneously,
his fame blazed in the film world as a play
back singer for his renderings in two Tamil
Films. 'Kaadalan' and Pavitra' which earned
him the 'National Award' for 1994.
made extensive concert tours to USA, South
Africa, UAE, Australia and New Zealand.
B.Com graduate with Post graduate diploma in
personnel Management, he is also a keen
Sportsman. His passionate cricketing skills
as Wicket keeper-Batsman were sacrificed at
the Altar of Carnatic Music - no Regrets!
Shri P.Unnikrishnan will be the proud
recipient of the prestigious 'ISAI PEROLI'
Award instituted by Kartik Fine Arts for the
Born on 9th July 1966 to Sri.K.Radhakrishnan
(Director, Kesari Kuteeram Pvt. Ltd.,
manufacturers of Ayurvedic Proprietary
Medicines) and Dr.Harini Radhakrishnan
(Ayurvedic Physician). Married to Priya, a
Bharathanatyam and Mohiniyattam dancer.
Blessed with a son Vasudev Krishna on the
27th May 1997.
learning Carnatic music at the age of 12
from Sri.V.L.Seshadri. Subsequently he
trained under Sangeetha Kalanidhi
Dr.S.Ramanathan. and continued training
under Smt.Savithri Sathyamurthy and
Sri.Calcutta K.S.Krishnamurthy. Attended a
special workshop for six months on 'Veena
Dhanammal Bhani' under Sangeetha Kalanidhi
Smt.T.Brinda and Sangeetha Kalanidhi
Dr.T.Vishwanathan. He is currently training
under Vidwan P.S.Narayanaswamy.
Educational Qualification & Sports
B.Com degree from the Madras University. Did
his General Law and Post Graduate Diploma in
Personnel Management and Industrial
Relations. Is a cricket enthusiast who
played for the Tamil Nadu senior division
league as a top order batsman and wicket
keeper. Was employed as an executive in
Parrys Confectionery Ltd. from 1991 to 1994
and resigned to take up music as a full time
profession. Is a member of the Madras
Cricket Club and Life Member of the Tamil
Nadu Cricket Association.
Awards & Titles
Unnikrishnan was conferred the title 'Isai
Peroli' by Karthik Fine Arts, on Sunday the
6th of December 98.
Was awarded the title 'Yuva Kala Barathi'
by the Bharath Kalachar, the title 'Nada
Bhushanam' conferred by the Shanmukhananda
Fine Arts, New Delhi and the title
'Kalaimamani' by the government of Tamil
Received the National Award for the Best
Male Playback Singer for the year 1994 for
his first ever film song 'Ennavale'
(Kadalan) and 'Uyirum Neeye' (Pavithra).
Received various awards from the Music
Academy, Chennai, and other prestigious
Recorded over 600 film songs for Tamil,
Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam films. Has
more than 25 albums on cassettes and CD's to
Is an "A" grade artiste of the All India
Radio and has given a number of concerts all
over India, U.S.A, The Middle East, The
United Kingdom, The Far East, Australia, New
Zealand and South Africa.