Muralidharan aka murali as he is fondly called studied art at the College of Arts and Crafts, Chennai. He was awarded the Charles Wallace Scholarship by the British Council in 1993, and received a research grant from the Lalit Kala Akademi and a cultural scholarship from the Government of India. Has received several awards from the Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai and Orissa. His works are in the collection of the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi, the Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, and several private collections.
Muralidharan lives and works in Chennai.