Son of Sri A.N. Siva, a great lover of Carnatic music and Smt. Akhila siva, a gold medalist from Carnatic music college, Chennai, Sri Manoj siva was born on 26th February, 1972. He had his initial training in mrdangam under stalwart musicians like Kumbakonam Sri Rajappa Iyer and Srirangarajapuram Sri Jayaraman from the age of four. Later, Sri Manoj siva also received advanced training from Padmasri Palghat Raghu from 1992.