Tippu was born to Tamil couple S. Lakshmi Narayanan and M. K. Meenakshi. He has two siblings, an elder sister Gayathri and a younger sister Nithya. He did his schooling at the Kamaraj Matric School, St. John's Matriculation Higher Secondary School Tamil Nadu. He is married to playback singer Harini. They have two children, a girl named Sai Smruti and a boy, Sai Abhyankar. has sung over 4000 songs in various languages such as Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. He has sung many hit songs in his career. He has lent his voice for the films starring South Indian super stars like Dr. Vishnuvardhan and Rajinikanth. He has sung for many stars in South India, but it is his combination with Kannada super star Puneeth Rajkumar that has struck a chord with the audience. This combination has given many hit songs to the industry. He has sung hit songs in Tamil also. He has sung 150 songs for Illayaraja and many songs for V. Harikrishna, Arjun Janya, A.R. Rahman, Vidhyasagar, DSP and Harris Jayaraj. He is very famous for voice modulation and articulated rendition in all languages.