Renowned Carnatic flautist Natesan Ramani died of cancer on 9 October 2015 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He was 82. He is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters.
He was known for introducing the long flute in Carnatic music and had developed his own inimitable style in the field of flute music especially on Venu flute. He first learnt the music from his maternal grandfather Sri Aazhiyur Narayanaswami Iyer who was a well-known flute artist and singer.
Ramani also performed jugalbandhis with Hariprasad Chaurasia, MS Gopalakrishnan, N Rajam, Pandit Viswamohan and even with mandolin U Srinivas.
Ramani performed his first concert on All India Radio in 1945. Later, he became an artist of international fame. He had also been awarded with many awards for his conmtribution to Indian music including Sangita Kalanidhi title (1996) of the Music Academy and Sangeetha Kalasikhamani award (2007).
He was born on 15 October 1934 in Tiruvarur city of Tamil Nadu.