Born and brought up in a a rural ambience in the hamlet of Lakshmipura in Karnataka, Venkateshkumar was strongly influenced by his father, a renowned folk artiste. Later, under the tutelage of Pandit Puttaraja Gawai, who was impressed by his genuine dedication to music, he effectively inherited all the nuances of the Gwalior gharana. Venkateshkumar is a versatile singer with a mellifluous and vibrant voice, rich in tradition, deep in devotion and dexterous in bhava.
An `A` grade artiste of All India Radio since 1988, he has featured in its National programme of music. He has also performed in major music concerts of the country and has been conferred with titles such as Swara Sree, Sangeet Sudhakara and Sangeet Ratna by established cultural organisations. Venkateshkumar is a recipient of the Karnataka State Rajyotsava Award and has to his credit many audio cassettes and a CD of devotional songs. Presently, he is on the faculty at Music College, Dharwad University and has authored the text book prescribed for the Music Examination conducted by the Govt. of Karnataka.