Mysore Subramanya is the son of Swara Murthy V.N. Rao. The following is a brief sketch of Swara Murthy V.N. Rao, from the book "Reminiscences of a Musician" by Prof. Mysore V. Ramarathnam:
" Swara Murthy V.N. Rao was a child prodigy. When he was five years old, he sang a pallavi in the raga Kalyani (Adi tala) for 1Â½ hours along with his grandfather Veena Seshanna, in the court of Gadwal Maharaja of Andhra. Everyone was surprised with this wonder kid. The Maharaja blessed him with the title - â€˜Swaramurthiâ€™. Raoâ€™s parents were Veena Ramanna (1882 - 1956) and Subbamma. Ramanna was the adopted son of Veena Seshanna.
Swara Murthy Rao was a vocalist, veena player and a teacher. He was a gentleman and very cultured. We used to meet almost daily and exchange notes till the day he left Mysore to settle down in Bangalore. He was a good composer too. He has composed a varnam in the raga Begada set to Adi tala, a Saptataleswari varnam in raga Sankarabharanam and a kriti â€˜Ninna Nambidenoâ€™ in raga Dharmavati.
His son Mysore Subramanya, a veena player, is the Secretary of Karnataka Gana Kala Parishat.