A. Kanyakumari is India’s leading violinist in the Carnatic style. She has been in the field for over four decades, successfully playing the various roles of soloist, accompanist, teacher, innovator and organizer, dedicating life to music alone. She considers herself fortunate to be a disciple of three great legendary gurus: Ivaturi Vijeswara Rao, M. Chandrasekaran CONVENTION SPECIAL 14 |SANDESH | MAY 2024 15 |SANDESH | MAY 2024 and M.L. Vasanthakumari.

She has performed as a soloist all across the world. She was awarded the Sangeetha Kalanidhi award by Madras Music Academy in 2016. She is the first female violinist to get this award. She was also awarded Padma Shri in 2015.