Mavelikara P. Subramaniam started learning Carnatic music from his parents, S. Padmanabha Iyer and Mavelikara L. Ponnamal, at the age of seven. He joined the Sree Swathi Thirunal College of Music, Thiruvananthapuram, and passed Ganabhooshanam and Ganapraveena with the first rank. He later underwent training from his maternal uncle Mavelikara H. Ramanathan. He received the Central Government scholarship for advanced training in music and had the good fortune of coming under the tutelage of the famous vocalist Mavelikara Prabhakara Varma. He is a graded artiste of All India Radio and has a teaching experience of nearly three decades.