For over five decades Poovalur has performed with the leading artist from both South and North Indian Classical traditions
Poovalur has composed several pieces portraying the South Indian idioms. Poovalur has received several awards from leading institutions, and the album Tabula Rasa, where he has composed and performed with Bela Fleck, V. M. Bhatt and J.P. Chen was nominated for a Grammy. The Taipei Chinese Orchestra commissioned and performed Poovalur’s composition “The Maritime Silk Road”.
He is currently a faculty at the University of North Texas and directs “The Bridge Ensemble”. He has taught at Calarts and the San Diego State University.