Dr. N. Rajam is one of the most renowned and respected exponents of violin in India. She is a septuagenarian who hails from a musical family from Ernakulam, Kerala. Her father was a renowned exponent of Carnatic Music and her brother was a renowned violinist. She initially learnt violin in the Carnatic style but later switched over to Hindustani.
She began performing from the age of three years and was a professional musician by the age of nine. She learnt the Gayaki Ang from her father and the development of raag from Pandit Omkarnath Thakur.
For almost four decades, Dr. N. Rajam taught music at the Banaras Hindu University. She was also the Dean of the Faculty of Performing Arts at BHU. She is one of the most admired and adored violinists in the world today, having performed all across Europe, USA, Canada, Russia and Australia, to name a few.
She is a highly decorated musician, having many awards and honours including the Sangeet natak Akademi Award, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship and the Padma Bhushan from the Government of India. Her daughter Sangeetha Shankar and granddaughters Ragini and Nandini Shankar are also renowned violinists.