Srivatsa was born in a family deeply involved in music - the T T Krishnamachari family. He was the son of late V. V. Ramadurai and Indira Ramadurai.
Srivatsa finished his PUC at Madras Christian College and engineering at the Guindy College of Engineering. He did his masters from a university in Germany.
He went on to do his Ph D in music from Venkateswara University, Tirupati. He went on to immerse himself in music research, talks and teaching assignments.
Srivatsa was the Secretary of The Music Academy and also served on its Experts Committee. He authored many books and wrote articles on music and on engineering and taught the theory of music in many colleges and universities.
He was a composer himself, said a family member. He was also an expert on saint composer Dikshitar.
Srivatsa is survived by his elder sister Maitreyi Ramadurai and son Harsha Srivatsa.He studied classical music for nearly two decades. However protracted overseas residence constrained him from keeping his musical pursuits. On his return though, his mother encouraged him to compose as he had attained a high level of proficiency and formal qualification in Sanskrit. He has about 70 compositions to his credit. While most of them are in rakti ragas, there are also kritis in ragas like Valachi, Natabhairavi, Raghupriya, Kantamani etc. Structurally modelling himself after his mentor and spiritual guru Muthuswami Dikshitar, he has firmly adhered to the use of madhyama-kala passages in his compositions. That his compositions are being sung regularly by leading musicians like D K Pattammal, B Rajam Iyer etc, is a testimony to his composing abilities. Except for a couple of recent compositions, all his compositions are in Sanskrit. Theme: Bulks of his compositions are dedicated to his 'ishtadevata' (favourite deity), Devi Kantimati of Tirunelveli. They are dedicated, in typical Dikshitar fashion, to multiple Divinities.