Mani proclaims one of his greatest accolades to be the instance when Sri Palghat Mani Iyer praised him in a public concert.
His flawless clarity and supreme sound quality appealed to audiences, musicians and students, both in India and world wide.
Master Mani was soon making a mark in the Carnatic world through his natural born flair and devotion to music. Master Mani received his first national award from the then President of India, Dr Radhakrishnan at the tender age of 18.
For the next 4 decades, he declined the scores of prestigious awards that were offered to him, until 1999 when he accepted the national award from Sangeeth Natak Academy . This was presented by the President of India at the time, Mr R.K Narayan.