Malathi Nagarajan received her formal training in veena from her mother Bhagirathi Narasimhan. She has been an All India Radio artist since 1965 and was a member of the Indian Cultural delegation of artists that toured South East Asian countries in 1987. Malathi has given several performances in India and abroad. More recently, along with her daughter Indu Balachandran, she has performed in the annual Parramasala and Sydney Sacred Music Festivals. Malathi is also trained in Bharata Natyam, with a degree from Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara, India, and holds a PhD degree in Physics from IIT Roorkee.