As a musician, he has presented concerts at the prestigious
Music Academy, Tyagaraja Aradhana in Thiruvaiyaru, All India
Radio and other Sabhas. A percussionist, he learnt to play
the Mridangam from Palani Subramania Pillai, and is
presently learning from Karaikudi Mani. He plays the Kanjira
and is an expert in Konnakkol (spelt Konakol of Konnakol). (Konnakkol
is normally an oral accompanyment to Carnatic concerts and a
Konnakkol artist, recites a particular kind of rhythmic
pattern like that of the Mridangist (drummer)). In
recognition of this talent, he has been awarded the
Kalaimamani award by the Government of Tamil Nadu for his
contributions to the art of Konnakkol. He is the secretary
of a music Sabha called Sri Bhairavi Gana Sabha in Chennai.
The sabha has been organising concerts of musicians like S.
P. Balasubramaniam, O.S. Arun, Aruna Sayeeram and presented
awards to Sabha secretaries, musicians and dancers.
Having a law
degree to his credit and belonging to a family of judges (he
is great grandson of H Ramakrishna Iyer, Judge at the
Travancore High Court, his father R. Harihara Iyer retired
as a District and Sessions Judge), H Ramakrishnan practices
as an advocate at the Madras High Court. He has experience
starting and running industries like mineral water plants
and milk processing plants and offers consultancy services.
A writer and an avid reader, he has written a couple of
books on the Hindu religion. He has also contributed to the
columns of The Hindu, Indian Express, Dinamani, Kalki,
Tuglaq. He is married to Vasanthaa and has four children.
and his daughter Priyadarsini perform at Sri Parthasarathy
Swami Sabha's centenary year celebrations. Music Critic
Subbudu is seen accompanying them on the keyboard.
playing the Mridangam.