The Early "Venkatadri" Shastry family were residents of Kollegal District near Mysuru.

They worked as priests in the Sri Venkateshwara Temple in Kollegal. They had a penchant for good music and were connoseiures of Classical Music, Hindustani Music and Devaranama based on classical ragas.

They were experts in the rendition of Dasara PadagaLu and arranged for Devaranama, sankeertana, Pravachanas and Parayanas in temples.