CHILDREN

Siva kumar and Lashman Kumar

Shri Iswaran and Smt DKP had 2 sons. Shri Sivakumar was a businessman and cricketer, who had played for Tamil Nadu State but his passion for music made him a full-time Mridangam vidwan. He learnt the art from Shri Palghat Kunjumani, disciple of Shri Palghat Mani Iyer and started accompanying his mother on stage since he was barely ten years old. Subsequently, Sivakumar married Lalitha, daughter of the great Mridanga Chakravarthi Palghat Mani Iyer. She was a singer and had the unique opportunity of learning music from her mother-in-law DKP and accompanying her on stage in concerts for several decades- an extremely rare mother-in-law daughter-in-law combination indeed ! DKP's second son Shri Lakshman Kumar, who has an excellent ear for music, learnt Hindusthani Sangeeth when he was young though he did not choose music as his career. He is also a tennis player who represented Tamil Nadu State in Tournaments. He is married to Smt. Shantha, niece of the famous English novelist Shri R K Narayan.