G. Manikantan hails from a family of renowned violinists. He had his ‘Gurukulam’ under Sri Amritha Bharathiyar and furthered
his tutelage under stalwarts like Ramanathapuram Sri M.N. Ganesa Pillai and Karaikudi Sri M.S.Mani.
As a soloist, Manikantan has gained critical acclaim for his performances across the world, including countries such as India,
Malaysia, Australia, South Africa,Mauritius, Indonesia, Russia and Switzerland.
A renowned artist from the All India Radio, Manikantan has also accompanied for many musical legends concerts, many Dance and
music Arengetrams, NUS Fusion Orchestra and the Chinese Orchestra in Singapore and overseas.
His skill as a violinist aside, Manikantan is a talented composer. He has composed the Varnam, Jathiswaram, Thillana and Padam
pieces for dance performances, and several Ragamallika pieces for the Singapore Youth Festival.
He is a conductor of Indian Orchestra in Raffles Girls’ Secondary School, and is currently the resident violin teacher at Temple of
Fine Arts Singapore.
In recognition for his immense artistry, he has been conferred the titles ‘Isai Gnana Jothi’ in India ‘Sangeetha Kala Nipuna’ by
Nrityalaya Aesthetic Society, Singapore and ‘Sangeetha Samraj’ by Sapthaswara Sangeethalaya in Malaysia.