Venkatasubbaiyya was born in the village of Manambuchavadi in the Thanjavur district, Tamil Nadu. He spent most of his life in the company of the great Tyagarja and helped preserving many of his compositions.
Five of Venkatasubbaiyya's students, Maha Vaidyanatha Iyer, Patnam Subramania Iyer, Sarabha Sastri, Tyagaraja (the grandson of the great composer Tyagaraja) and Fiddle Venkoba Rao later went on to become famous composers/musicians of merit. Venkatasubbaiyya's compositions had the Mudra Venkatesa.
Akumadugula Manambuchavadi Venkatasubbaiyya died in the year 1862.
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