Sirkazhi Govindarajan was a well-known vocalist of the Tamil film industry. He was born on 19 January 1933. He was born in British India in Madras Presidency. He is also an actor. He is a popular vocalist in Carnatic Music. Siva Chidambaram and Avayambal Ammal were his parents. At the age of eight, he became a child star performing at the Gnana Paal Festival in the Tirupurasundari Temple. He has a son named Sirkazhi G. Sivachidambaram who is also a Carnatic singer, following his father's footsteps. Sirkazhi Govvindarajan graduated with a degree in Isaimani and also in Sangeetha Vidwan from the Tamil Isai College. Consequently, he also trained at the Central College of Carnatic Music under Professor, Sri. Thiruppampuram Swaminatha Pillai. He learned the intricacies and nuances of Indian Music and focussed on Classical Carnatic Music.
From 1951 to 1952, he won most of the competitions organized by the Rasika Ranjani Sabha and Sangeetha Vidwat Sabha. Sirkazhi Govindarajan was the honoured winner of three gold medals in the hallowed and austere halls of Sangeetha Vidwat Sabha from Karaikudi SambasivaIyer. Apoorva Krithis of Sri Thyagarajaswamigal, Tamil Classical songs, and Ragam- Thanam-Pallavi are the three categories in which he won in Sangeetha Vidwan. The Government of Tamil Nadu conferred him with the honorary Padma Shri award. For enriching his musical skills, he then went to The Central College of Carnatic Music. Sirkazhi Govindarajan has sung in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada films. In 1983, he received the doctorate from Madras University.
He has worked with music directors like S.M.
Subbaiah Naidu, T.R. Pappa, M.S. Viswanathan, V. Kumar, Ilaiyaraaja, Master Venu, K. V. Mahadevan and T.K. Ramamoorthy. T.M. Soundarajan, S.V. Ponnusamy, TiruchiLoganathan and M.S. Viswanathan. He has also worked with female musicians like P. Leela, P. Suseela, VaniJayaram, Janaki, L.R. Eswari, K. Rani and M.L. Vasanthakumari. Sirkazhi Govindarajan was also awarded the Best Male Playback singer by Tamil Nadu State Film Award. His debut as an actor was in the film "Kandhan Karunai" in 1967 as Nakeerar. He then appeared in "Thirumalai Thenkumari" as Raghvan in 1970, in "
Agathiyar" and "Dheivam" in 1972, in "Rajaraja Cholan" in 1973, "
Dasavatharam" in 1976 and "Meenakshi Thiruvilayadal". He has sung songs in movies like "Gomathiyin Kaadhalan", "
Rambaiyin Kaadhal", "Aaravalli", "Karoukkarasi", "
Chakravarthi Thirumagal", "Thalai Koduthaan Thambi" and "Thaai Magalukku Kattiya Thaali" and lots more. Sirkazhi Govindaraj died at the age of 55 on March 24, 1988, in Chennai, India.