Selvaganesh was born to Grammy-winning musician Vikku Vinayakram, a former member of the original Shakti, he is the grandson of T. R. Harihara Sarma, who founded the Sri Jaya Ganesh Tala Vadya Vidyalaya (Sri JGTV school) in Chennai. He has also composed and produced albums and played with the Swedish bass player Jonas Hellborg and American guitar virtuoso Shawn Lane. His debut international solo album, Soukha, was released in 2006 featuring all other regular members of Remember Shakti including John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain, U. Srinivas and Shankar Mahadevan, as well as sitar player Niladri Kumar and Selvaganesh's father T.H. "Vikku" Vinayakram. He has also formed a new group called dr JSM, with the UK-based Goan songwriter/producer dr.Joel and the young Carnatic singer Mahesh. Their Indo-Celtic album entitled Turn on the dreams was released in the UK in 2005. In 2012, Selvaganesh made his film directorial debut with Bodhai, a short film in Tamil. He made his debut composing for films with the Tamil movie Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu. He next scored the music for the Tamil film Kola Kolaya Mundhirika (2009). The theme track of the film brought together Swedish guitarists Mattias Eklundh on his signature electric guitar and Jonas Hellborg on the bass respectively, Ranjit Barot on the drums, and Selvaganesh's father Vikku Vinayakram on the Ghatam. It marks the first time that so many world-renowned musicians have collaborated in the history of Tamil film music.