A. S. Krishnan hails from a family of musicians. He had his initial training in mridangam and muhursing under the guidance of his father Late Shri. A. K. Sundaram for about 8 years. Later, he honed his skills in mridangam under Late Shri. Melakkaveri K Krishnamoorthy for about 10 years. After this, he took advanced training in muhursing under the well known and front-ranking mridangam artiste of reputed Shri. Mannargudi A Easwaran.
Although he is an accomplished mridangam artiste, he took up muhursing, which is one of the most difficult instruments to play, as his main instrument and has achieved unimaginable heights of being the most sought-after and front-ranking artiste in muhursing.
He has accompanied all leading musicians on muhursing and has an experience of about 37 years in this field. Some of the top ranking musicians well known globally in the field of Carnatic music who he has accompanied are Padma Vibhushan Shri. Umayalpuram Sivaraman for his “Laya Lavanya” program, Padma Bhushan Shri. P S Narayanaswamy, Madurai Shri. G S Mani, Madurai Shri. T N Seshagopalan, Shri. Rajkumar Bharathi, Shri. P Unnikrishnan, Shri. Dr. R Ganesh, Smt. Sudha Raghunathan, Smt. Nithyashree Mahadevan, Smt. Aruna Sairam. He has also accompanied Smt. Malavika Sarukkai for dance.
He has performed extensively both in India and abroad and has received rave reviews and accolades for his playing, technique and knowledge. He had the opportunity to tour Sri Lanka in 1994, Malaysia and Singapore in 1996, USA and Canada in 2000, France in 2004, 2005 and 2006, Germany in 2004 and 2005 and Morocco in 2007.
He is a full time professional muhursing artiste and is training a lot of students in this art and also in playing mridangam. He is an “A” grade artiste of AIR, Chennai, and is serving them with distinction for many years now. His playing and technique enhances the quality of the concert.