Dr. R. S. Padmasini is a Carnatic Classical vocalist and research scholar from Chennai. Her tutelage has been under the coveted Gurus of Carnatic music, Sri. S. Rajam and Smt. Suguna Varadachari. Having been an avid performer in the Carnatic music field for over ten years, she started her research in musical tuning of the Tamil magnum opus, Tirukkural written by Thiruvalluvar. Being a pioneer in the field, her M.Phil thesis on the subject was published as a book by the Tamil Development Directorate and was awarded one of the best books published in the year 2000 by the Government of Tamil Nadu. Her performances and research subjects have received much positive reviews from numerous acclaimed critics in the field of music and literature. Padmasani has also been a Grade artiste in All India Radio, Chennai between the years 1999 and 2003. She has given several paper and poster presentations, and Radio interviews all over India covering topics of structure, melodic construction in Carnatic music. Her papers are also regularly published in both National and International conferences and journals.
Dr. Padmasini aims to propagate Tirukkural, fondly called the “Universal Veda”, through music, all over the world. Since the poetry talks about every aspect of human morality that are valid for all generations even centuries after its inception, the work has been translated into to about 80 world languages. Dr. Padmasini conducts workshops and lectures in schools and colleges apart from performing this music, collaborating with different artistes. She is also an acclaimed scholar and performer at the yearly International Tirukkural Conference.
Her passion towards arts and literature makes her teach these art forms to children from various backgrounds.
Apart from performing at popular venues throughout the country, Dr. Padmasini has also released a music album featuring the first set of compositions based on Tirukkural. Her prime motive is to work in inculcating the knowledge of music and good values, in the minds of children all over the country.