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Gopalakrishna Bharathi (Tamil: கொபலக்ரிஷ்ன பரடி)

Gopalakrishna Bharathi

Gopalakrishna Bharati – He was born the son of Shivaraama Bhaaratiyaar in the village Narimanam near NaagapaTTinam in Tamil NaaDu in 1810. He later lived in Mudikondan, Anaitandavapuram and Mayuram, places with which he later became associated. From childhood, he learned Carnatic music from every possible source, even from Ghanam Krishna Aiyyar, Hindustani from Raamadaas […]

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Narayana Teerthar (నారాయణ తీర్థర్)

Narayana Teerthar

NarayaNa Teertar – This learned author of the Krishna Leelaa Taarangini (meaning Wavy River of Krishna’s Wondrous Deeds) lived in the Tanjaavoor district in the 17th century, and his parents belonged to a village near Guntoor in Andhra PradEsh. He is believed an incarnation of JayadEva (author of Geeta GOvindam). He early became a scholar […]

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Vishaka Hari

Vishaka Hari is a prominent Carnatic music vocalist and established exponent of Harikatha, otherwise known as a story teller of Kathakalakshepam. Vishaka Hari learnt Carnatic music under the legendary Carnatic violinist, Padma Vibhushan Sri Lalgudi Jayaraman, while her spiritual guru and father-in-law is Sri Krishna Premi,.She learnt the art of Harikatha by her husband, Sri […]

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Ramaswamy Shivan

Ramaswamy Shivan

Raamaswaamy Shivan – A musician of the late 1800s, he was the elder brother of Maha Vaidyanatha Iyer, and a composer and musician in his own right. They were born to Duraiswami Iyer alias Panchanatha Iyer and Arundathi. Duraiswami himself was a great musician and proficient in Tamil, Telugu and Sanskrit. Once while he was […]

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Subbarama Iyer

Subbarama Iyer

Subbarama Iyer lived in the latter half of the 19th century. There is little information about his parentage or education, but he was a native of VaideeshwarankOyil near Seerkazhi. He composed many Tamil padams, mainly on erotic love, and some say he has gone beyond the limit of equating devotion with love. All his padams […]

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Madurai Shreenivaasan

Madurai Shreenivaasan – A renowned vocalist, he has composed his own tillanas in sumanasaranjani, shuruTTi and other ragas, replete with jatis. His karunai deivame was popularized by DK Jayaraman.

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Vanamaamalai Jiyar Swaami (வானமாமலை சியர் சுவாமி)

Vanamaamalai Jiyar Swaami

Vanamaamalai Jiyar Swaami A holy saint of the Vaishnava sect of Hinduism, he resides at Vanamamamali Mutt in Nanguneri. His role was as disciple to Manavala Mamunigal and as priest to Appacharianna, a direct decendant of Sri Mudaliandan Swami. Mudaliandan Swami was among the Seventy Four(74) Simhasanadhipathis established by Ramanuja (the founder of the Visishtadwaita […]

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Paapanaasa Mudaliaar

Paapavinaasa Mudaliyaar – He lived during the first half of the 18th century, though few other details of his life are known. However, from his kritis, we find that he lived most of his life in Kumbakonam and Tiruvarur, and that he had a deep knowledge of both music and dance. He used the manipravalam […]

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Mysore Sadaashiva Rao

In the musical lineage of Tyagaraja, this vocalist was born at Girampet near Chittoor in North Arcot District of Madras State to Ganesha Rao who belonged to the community of the Smartha Deshasthas of Maharashtra, and was a descendant of Jamadagni gotra and a follower of the Ashvalayana Sura preserving the Rigveda branch of Vedic […]

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Periyasaami Tooran

Periyasaami Tooran – Born at Modakurichi in Coimbatore district of Palanivelappa Gounder and Paavaathal, he was a born teacher, patriot and a composer of merit. He was greatly influenced and inspired by Mahakavi Subramania Bharati. He declined to sit for his examination for Bachelor of Arts shocked by the execution of the immortal Bhagat Singh, […]

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