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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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 […]
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 […]
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.