In 1989 , Sruthi Laya Kendra was started in a small room in Rangarajapuram, Chennai with 5 minutes thani avarthanam by Guru Sri Surajananda’s Mridanga Naadam. With Guruji’s blessings now the school has its centres at Chennai, Australia, USA. More than 1000 students learn Mridangam through this school directly or indirectly.
On the 12 th June 2003, Mani received a luxury car presented by his few select students to mark his golden jubilee (50 years of involvement in Mridangam- Fifty Fest) as a percussionist. Yet another landmark moment as Mani became possibly the first musician to receive such an honour from his students.
Guru Kaaraikkudi mani has launched a gurukulam called “Seasun Gurukulam” off East Coast road near the seashore at Panayur Chennai.
The gurukulam consist of classroom, common kitchen and music library for learners. Several short trips are made during the year in connection with courses.
The motto behind the gurukalam is Study and Shine.
Study – Learners will be given rigorous practice and strenuous exercise during the tenure at gurukulam. It helps the learners to excel in their art.
Shine – Apart from Hard work, Smart work makes a person prolific in his career. Gurukulam not only makes learners work harder, but also makes work smarter which makes them shine in future.
Mani’s mission on teaching doesnt stop with gurukulam. He is teaching the intricacies of laya for the students University of Madras. He has be appointed as a Professor Emeritus in Madras University.
He was also invited to teach in the resident programme at Grifith University of Brisbane and Victoria College of Arts in Melbourne. He has presented many Lec-Dem programmes all over the world.