to Smt. Akhila Siva and Sr. A.N. Siva on
29th March, 1967, Vijay Siva had his
schooling in Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan
Senior Secondary School, Chennai, graduated
with a First Class from Vivekananda College,
Chennai and secured masters degree in
Commerce from Madurai Kamaraj University.
Vijay Siva exhibited a rare intuitive
capacity to identify ragas at the age of
four. Disciple of Sangita Kalanidhi Sri D.K.
Jayaraman since 1977 and earlier learnt
music from mother, a vocal musician from
Carnatic Music College, Chennai. Also an
accomplished Mridangist with a B.High AIR
Grade, having been trained by Kumbakonam Sri
Rajappa Iyer. At present receives guidance
in vocal music from Smt. D.K. Pattammal.
Awardee of Government of India Cultural
Scholarship for vocal music from 1979 to
1987. Secured more than hundred prizes both
for music and for mrudangam including the
first prize for Thevaram, Thiruvachakam and
Thirupugazh in 1974, the coveted Rajaji
Tamboora in 1981 - both from Tamil Isai
Sangam, Chennai and first prizes in
Classical and Light Classical Music
Competitions conducted by AIR in 1984.
Given a number of concerts in important
centres in India and participated in the
Music Festivals of Sangeet Natak Academy -
one at Bhubaneshwar as a Mridangist and
another at Chennai as vocalist.
Passed the Higher Grade Examination with
distinction in vocal music conducted by the
Tamil Nadu Government in 1984 and Sangeet
Alankar Course conducted by the Gandharva
Mahaviyalaya, New Delhi.
- Has recored for leading cassette
- An 'A' Grade vocalist in AIR
- Toured USA and Singapore in 1993.
- Awarded "Youth Award for Excellence"
by Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer Trust
in 1995. Awarded the title "ISAI PEROLI"
by Karthik Fine Arts for the year 1995.
- First Recipient of "Kalki
Krishnamurthy Award" (1996) presented by
Kalki Krishnamurthy Memorial Trust,
- Founder Secretary of the Youth
Association for Classical Music (YACM)
an organisation to promote young
Musicians and rasikas.
- Presented Carnatic Music based
serial for Satellite Televisions.
A stage actor and taken part in state and
Television plays. Attained the Silver
Standard of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. A
regular blood donor.