Seshampatti T. Sivalingam is one of the top artists of the Nadhaswaram in Carnatic music with an illustrious career spanning more than half a century. He took initial training from his father, a renowned Nadhaswaram artiste, Shri. Seshampatti P Theerthagiri. Thereafter, he took advanced training from Sh. Keevalur NG Ganesan in Tanjore and subsequently from Sh. Keeranur Ramaswami Pillai and Sh. Thiruvarur Latchappa Pillai while also graduating with the Vadhya Visharadh degree from the College of Carnatic Music in Chennai in 1971.

Sivalingam has achieved great success in his professional life as a vidwan of the Nadhaswaram and has been bestowed with high honours by both the Government of India and Tamil Nadu. Notable awards include the Sangeet Natak Akademi award and Kalaimamani. He has also been bestowed with numerous awards from leading Carnatic Music Sabhas. In addition to the above accolades, he served as the Asthana Vidwan of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, and was an emapanelled artiste of Indian Council for Cultural Relationships (ICCR). He regularly performs in the Chennai Music Season at several leading venues.