Kaaraikkudi Mani is a renowned mridangam artiste, composer and teacher with 55 years experience in the field of Carnatic music in India and internationally. He stepped into Carnatic Music at the tender age of 3. Although he commenced with vocal training, very soon he realized his special interest was in percussion and switched over to mridangam. His gurus were Kaaraikudi Rangu Iyengar, T R Hari hara Sharma and K M Vaidyanathan.
He has received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and is also chef editor of the music magazine Layamani Layam.