Died: 1988, Chennai
Awards: Sangeetha Kalanidhi award (1985)
- Ramanathan was a Indian carnatic vocalist and musicologist.
He learned music from Tiger Varadachariar, Sabesa Iyer, Ponniah Pillai and Sathur Krishna Iyengar. He received a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, where he also taught.
He had disciples who have carved names for themselves such as P.UnniKrishnan, S. Sowmya, Savithri Sathyamurthy, Seetha Narayanan, Vasumathi Nagarajan, Sukanya Raghunathan (veena), Geetha Bennett, Vidya Hariharan (veena and vocal), Thiagarajan/Raju (Vocal), Banumathy Raghuraman (veena), Latha Radhakrishnan (violin and vocal), Padma Gadiyar (veena),Vanathy Raghuraman (Vocal).
He also has composed many varnams and kritis, which have been popularized by his disciples. He won many awards for his contribution to the carnatic music including the Sangeetha Kalanidhi award in 1985