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T. Chawdaiah (ಟಿ. ಕಾವದ್ಯ)

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T. Chawdaiah Mysore T. Chowdiah – (1895-1967) “It is a feature of a violinist’s career to burst abruptly into view”, Menuhin has said. This is very true of ace violinist, Shri T.Chowdiah. His studies were stopped in boyhood to enable him to concentrate on music, in which his mother imparted early lessons. His uncle then […]

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Spencer R. Venugopal (ஸ்பென்செர் அற. வேணுகோபால்)

Spencer R. Venugopal

A contemporary composer. Vaa murugaa is a popular composition, known for its “jumping” tune. Other compositions include Hari hari anu dhyanamu-Kokilanata-Chapu, Paradevate varade, Daya judaga rada, gaNanAyaka nin pAdam sharaNam, Somachakkanudai-dhanyaasi, Vanajakshi nikai valachi vachchiyunnanura (taana varnam)-Behag, Sarisamana-vitapi, Neevanti-Varali, Muruga Tirumal-harikaambhOji, and Maha tripurasundari sodari. He has also released a book of T. Sankara Iyer’s […]

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Tirupati Naryana Swami (తిరుపతి నారాయణ స్వామి)

Tirupati Naryana Swami

Tirupati Naryana Swami Tirupati Naryana Swami Trained by his mother Komalamma in vocal music, he later learnt Vina from Kalahasti Venkataswami Raju. The family hailed from Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, and hence his compositions are in Telugu and are mostly devotional. A highly versatile personality, he was a vocalist, vainika, violinist and Harikatha performer. He was […]

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N.S. Chidambaram (என்.எஸ். சிதம்பரம்)

N.S. Chidambaram A Tamil composer. Other popular songs include koovi azhaittaal, angayarkkanni Anjali, Inthidum kaniye, Manigalum olittana, Muralidara, Navagraha Nallanjali, Kandu Nee Solla, yaaraadinaar, and Muruga Nee Varavendum. He also composed varnams such as Amma jnanam alikkum surya (a daru varnam). His mile long kriti Needan thunai Neelambari is a Ragamalika with eight ragas. He […]

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Tanjavur Subbaraya Sastri (தஞ்சாவூர் சுப்பராய சாஸ்திரி)

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Subbaraya Sastri (1803-1862) Born in Tanjavur in 1803 as the second son of Shyama Sastri, he listened to great music at home and at the Bangaru Kamakshi temple. He studied music from his father, who later sent him to Tyagaraja to study music at Tiruvaiyar. Tyagaraja had great reverence for Shyama Sastri andgladly took Subbaraya […]

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T.K. Rangachari (தி.கே. ரங்ககரி)

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T.K. Rangachari T.K. Rangacaari – (1912-1979) He began his training under Namakkal Narasimha Iyengar. He was in the first batch of students in the Sangita Bhushanam course at Annamalai university. Among his teachers were illustrious musicians like Ponniah Pillai (a descendant of the Tanjore Quartette) and Sabesa Iyer. He then taught at Annamalai university for […]

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T.N. Bala (தி.என். பால)

T.N. Bala

T.N. Bala T.N. Bala hails from Tiruvayyaru in Tanjore District in India. He is one of the very early disciples of Late Ganakaladhara Madurai Mani Iyer. A professional Broadcaster, artist and executive in All India Radio in Madras and Delhi, years after his Masters in Journalism and Economics, he migrated to US some 38 years […]

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Vimjamuri Varadaraja Ayyangar (వింజమూరి వరదరాజ అయ్యంగర్)

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Vimjamuri Varadaraja Ayyangar Vimjamuri Varadaraja Ayyangaar – (July 15, 1915 – August 16, 1991) A leading disciple of Tiger Varadachariar, he was known as Vinjamuri. He was a scholar in Sanskrit and a vocalist and composer who has been awarded the Gana Kalanidhi, Gayaka Ratna, Sangeetha Jyothi, Sangeetha Ratnaakara, and Gana Vidya Visarada awards. He […]

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Subramanya Bharati (சுப்ரமண்ய பாரதி)

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Subramanya Bharati Subramanya Bharathiyar is a renowned poet from Southern India. He composed poems and songs in the Dravidian language Tamil, which have gained popularity in schools, movies, and households across India over the years. His poetry is known for its appeal to the liberty and strength of the people. As a person, Bharathiyar was […]

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