Guru Shri P. Kirupakaran By Arunn Gnanapragasam ‘Kalaividthakar’ Shri P. Kirupakaran hails from a family of musicians, learning vocal under his father Vallipuram Paramasamy. He began his Mridangam tutelage under Shri. M. Sithambaranathan and Shri. S. Mahendran at Anaamalai Isai Tamil Manrum, Nallur. He furthered his training under the esteemed Mridanga Maestro Guru Karaikudi R.