Nithyasree Mahadevan was born to Lalitha Sivakumar and I. Sivakumar on August 25th, 1973. Her paternal grandmother was the Carnatic vocalist?D. K. Pattammal, while her maternal grandfather was the mridangam maestro, Palghat Mani Iyer. Her granduncle was the Carnatic vocalist, D. K. Jayaraman. Her mother, Lalitha Sivakumar, was her first teacher. Like her mother, Nithyasree was also the disciple of D. K. Pattammal, and would accompany her in concert. Nithyasree's father, an accomplished mridangist and disciple of Palghat Mani Iyer, would constantly show his support and accompany Nithyasree when she performed. Nithyasree has performed in all major sabhas in India and has presented her concerts in many destinations around the world. She has received multiple awards and honours, and has released more than 100 commercial albums.