Thirumanthira Nagar Sri Kesavaraj Krishnan

He was born in Thoothukudi to Mr. Krishnan and Ms. Jakkammal. He studied in Harbour Secondary School as his father was working in Tuticorin Port Trust. As a child, he used to frequent the local Vinayagar Temple which resulted in him singing devotional songs. Although not classically trained, his love towards music grew deeper every day. However, he didn’t get the opportunity to pursue music. Much later, he started to learn Classical Carnatic music from Nanganalloor Srikanth Gopalakrishan since the age of 14. His passion did not stop there. He committed himself to learn Thirumuraigal with the correct ‘Pann’ from Thiruvaroor ChandrasekarOdhuvar. This resulted in many Sangeetham & Thirumuraigal stage programmes (Kacheri) on behalf of Madurai Panniru Thirumurai Mandram. Currently, he is learning Thirumuraigal from Thirumurai Kalanithi Karur Swaminathanayya virtually.

Currently, he is serving as a Music Instructor teaching Thevaram, Thiruvaasagam, Sangeetham and Thirupugal to young people and adults in India and Malaysia. He is also tutoring students overseas especially in the UK, Australia and Canada. He has a keen interest in teaching the correct ‘Pan’ to sing Tamil ThevaraThirumuraigal and Thirupugal. He juggles his time by teaching Sangeetham and performing all over Malaysia. Besides that, he also sings live for Barathanatyam programmes for Arangetram. It is noteworthy that he has produced his own song entitled Chandiran Oliyil by Mahakavi Barathiyaar which can be accessible on his Youtube channel, Keshav Raj Official. He has also produced a Thiruvasagam project by reciting Sivapuranam which has garnered millionsof views on YouTube. Another song which is also popular among his fans is Velundu VinaiIllai. He has also recently released the Tamil version of Bho Shambo, entitled Un Paatham Paninthom. Together with other Devotional song videos, he is also currently working on upcoming projects.