Dharmapuri Subbarayar Iyyer Dharmapuri Subbaraaya Iyyar – A 19th century composer (pre-Trinity), Dharmapuri Subbarayar hailed from Dharmapuri, Tamilnadu, and composed in Telugu. He is the most notable composer of the Jaavali form, of which he is the universally acclaimed master. Most of the music he composed, therefore, dealt with sringaara rasa, or romantic and even […]
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Dasu Sreeramulu Dasu Sreeramulu 8-4-1846 was born in Kurada, , Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh , Dasu Sreeramulu was born to Kannayya. A versatile poet and writer of more than thirty three books on different subjects, Dasu Sreeramulu was born in Andhrapradesh. Even as a teenager, he wrote ‘Satrajiti Vilasamu,’ a yakshagenam, and also performed […]
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 […]
Vallabhacharya (1479-1531) A great 16th century sage-philosopher of India, he is the founder of the Vaishnavite sect in Rajasthan and Gujarat. he came from a Telugu Brahmin family (contemporaries of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu) in Champaranya, Raipur, Madhya Pradesh, the son of Lakshmana Bhatta and Ilamma. It is said that the family had finished performing 100 Soma […]
Vaali (born T. S. Rangarajan; 29 October 1931 – 18 July 2013) was an Indian poet and lyricist whose works were in Tamil, had a five decade long association with the Tamil film industry, wrote over 15,000 songs. He acted in a number of films, including Sathya, Hey Ram, Paarthale Paravasam and Poikkal Kudhirai. He […]
Setu Madhava Rao A renowned mridangist and musician, his most famous composition is “shAnti nilava vENDum,” written when Mahatma Gandhi died. He is the great-grandfather of contemporary mridangist Shrimushnam Rajarao.
Swarna Venkatesha Dikshitar Swarna Venkatesha Dikshitar a noted composer and musical scholar, Dikshitar belonged to the Chidambaram tradition of Podu Dikshitars and was trained early by Raja Ganesa Dikshitar and Padaga Sundaram Pillai. He composed many kritis, the most popular of which was swarnakAla bhairavam in kalyANi. It has an unusual tala structure of 13 […]
Tarangambadi Panchanada Ayyar TarangambaDi Pancanaada Aiyyar – A 20th century composer, his biraana brOva (save me, O goddess Lakshmi) in kalyaaNi was very popular and aarabhimaanam was composed in 16 ragas!
Raghavendra Swamy An advocate of the Madva philosophy, he was considered a reincarnation of Prahlada. He was a scholar of many arts, including music, but in fact his great-grandfather, Krishnabhatta, tutored Krishnadevaraya (King of Vijaynagar) in the veena. He was born VenkaTanatha (after Lord Venkateshwara) in 1595 in Kaveripattanam, Tamil Nadu to Thimmanna Bhatta, a […]