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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
E.V. (Sencottai) Raamakrishna Bhaagavatar – A 20th century composer. Among his disciples are V Balakrishnan (musicologist). His vinaayaka ninnu in Hamsadwani is a popular kriti.
A pre-Trinity composer of the 17th century, Margadarshi Sesha Iyengar composed mainly in Sanskrit. He had used brndavana saranga before many others. He is also known to have been among the earliest to use the raga bEgaDa. His kritis have triple charanams, and he experimented with the traditional pallavi-anupallavi-caraNam structure of kritis. Some of his […]