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 […]
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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 […]
S. Kalyanaraman He was born June 2, 1930. A senior vocalist, S. Kalyanaraman belongs to Komal and was born at his mother’s village of Thiruvengadu, a village noted for musically talented men. His father N.Srinivasa Ayyar was a grandson of Komal Muthu Bhagavathar.
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 […]
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 […]
Sattur Krishna Ayyangar A legendary musician and contemporary of Tiger Varadachariar and TK Rangachariar. He was among the faculty of Annamalai University with them. Among his disciples are T. Sankara Iyer, Calcutta KS Krishnamurthy, S.R. Janakiraman, and S. Ramanathan.