K. S. Gopalakrishnan is one of the most renowned & respected Carnatic flautists from Kerala. His musical talents were noticed right from the age of 9. Nurtured & shaped by his illustrious father Sri. K. Shankaranarayana Iyer & later by Sri K. Raghava Varier of Thiruvanthapuram, he started winning accolades from listeners, musicians & musicologists for his brilliant performances from the age of 15.
He has been performing all over the country & abroad participating in most other major musical festivals. He is the recipient of numerous awards & titles including the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy award & Veena Sesshanna Memorial National Award.
His performances are marked by rich tonal clarity, adherence to sampradaya & a wide repertoire of both varnams & krithis. Well respected by some of the top ranking musicians of India including Chitravina Ravikiran & Dr. N. Ramani, he is also a First Class post-graduate in Economics from Kerala University. Till 2006, he was a staff artist of All-India-Radio Thiruvanthapuram.