Ramanathan is a violinist and also sings. He learnt violin at SV Music College, Tirupati and Banaras Hindu University. Vidvan-s from whom he learnt are – Kodanganallur Subramanian, Pakala Muniratnam, Pudukottai R.Ramanathan & V.K.Venkataramanujam. And vidvan-s from whom he learnt singing are – D.Pasupathi, Tmt.Ramani Basker & Kallidaikkuricci Mahadeva Bhagavatar.
Mrs.Ramani Basker (1929-2010) had learnt singing from Pandamangalam Sundramayyar (also violin), Mudikondan Mani, Tmt. Abhayamba, Kumbakonam Sambandam Pillai (also violin) and Kallidaikkurici Mahadeva Bhagavatar.
Mrs. Hema Ramanathan sings and also plays on the violin. She had learnt singing from her mother Ramani Basker, Srirangam R.Kannan at the Banaras Hindu University and Kallidaikkurici Mahadeva Bhagavatar. She learnt violin from Kumbhakonam Krishnasvami Ayyangar and Sri V.K.Venkataramanujam at the Banaras Hindu University.