Nithyasree Mahadevan, is an artiste with an enviable background. Her maternal grandfather was Palght Mani Iyer and her paternal grandmother is D.K Pattammal - both Sangita Kalanidhis. Add D.K. Jayaraman to the list as a grand uncle and you have a heady mix. With a powerful voice and an unmatched imagination, Nithyasree is a very popular artiste, who has a feel for the pulse of the audience. That she has attained this without diluting her classical standards is very creditable.