Prof. M. Balasubramoniam, former Principal of Chembai Government Music College and R.L.V. College of Music and Fine Arts, Tripunithura, has been appointed Director of the South Zone Cultural Centre, Thanjavur by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. The cultural activities of the States of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, and the Union Territories of Andaman & Nicobar, Lakshadeep and Pondicherry come under the purview of the South Zone Cultural centre.
M. Balasubramoniam is a member of the Central Advisory Board on Culture; Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Calicut; former Special Officer of S.R.V. Government College of Music and Performing Arts, Thrissur. A well known mridangam exponent, he has accompanied eminent musicians like Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, K.V. Narayanaswamy , D.K. Jayaraman, Mandolin U. Shrinivas, Flute N.Ramani and a host of other stalwarts . He has travelled extensively performing with foreign musicians in Jazz festivals and other international music festivals.