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Agastyar

Posted on : 12/16/2014 1:35:37 AM

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Agastyar - The original Agastya is a sage of legend, who gave rise to one of the gotras or family lines. Through the Agastyas (and Bhargavas), the Aryan culture was carried to the southern part of India. The last famous Agastya was renamed Agattiyanar in Tamil and was revered as the

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Anai Ayya

Posted on : 4/17/2014 12:44:36 PM

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Anai Ayya - These are really two brothers named Anai Aiyar and Ayyavaiyer. They were patronized by the Tanjavur Marattha king Serfoji III (1800-1832). Well versed in music and scholars in the southern languages, they hail from a small village near Tanjavur called Vaiyacheri. Anai Ayya's cousins were Doraisvami Iyer who was the f

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Thyagaraja

Posted on : 4/17/2014 12:44:36 PM

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Tyaagaraaja - Among the most famous of Carnatic composers and considered the greatest of the Carnatic music trinity, he was the third son born to RAmabrahmam and SItamma in 1767. His grandfather was GirirAja Kavi, a great Sanskrit poet. He began his musical training in 1782 under Sonti VenkaTarAmanayya and learned a number of so

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Anayampatti Adisesha Iyer

Posted on : 4/17/2014 12:44:36 PM

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Anayampatti Adhisesa Ayyar - was in later days known as Sadhu Guhanantha. Numerous songs written by him are published in the Tamil book “Manipugazh malar." (as contributed by his relative Nagarajan)

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Ambujam Krishnan

Posted on : 12/23/2014 8:47:26 PM

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Ambujam Krishna - (died 1989) Ambujam Krishna graduated from Delhi University with a degree in Home Science. She was the daughter-in-Law of the Chennai Industrialist T.V.Sundaram Iyengar. Her musical training was under Karaikudi Ganeshan and Madurai Ganesha Bhagavatar. An extremely p

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Annamacharya

Posted on : 4/17/2014 12:44:36 PM

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Annamaacaarya - (1408-1503) along with song pedda tirumalacarya and grandson cinna tirumala are tallapakam composers. first to compose songs in telugu with pallavi and caranam (later composers added anupallavi). collosal output of 32 thousand songs sung by annamaacaarya. 20 thousand not traceable. copper plates on which they

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Atcutadaasar

Posted on : 4/17/2014 12:44:36 PM

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ATcutadaasar - (Also Achyuta Daasar) (1850-1902) The 19th century produced a large number of Carnatic composers like Gopalakrishna Bharati, Ramasvami Shivan, Anai Ayya and Kavi Kunjara Bharati. Achyuta Dasar was also a contemporary of these stalwarts. He composed mostly in Tamil and Sanskrit. He got started in music at a late

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Ashok Madava

Posted on : 4/17/2014 12:44:36 PM

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Ashok Madhav - A contemporary composer of Carnatic music, he currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He has composed kritis in Sanskrit, Telugu, Tamil, and KannaDa, and has to his credit a set of 72-melakartha kritis (1 in each melakarta) that has been published in book form as "Melakartha Ganamalika" (1977). The

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Arunagirinathar

Posted on : 4/17/2014 12:44:36 PM

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Arunaagirinaatar - author of the famous songs Tiruppugazh. He came from a rich family in the 15th century. He is said to have contracted a cruel disease and when trying to jump to his death from the tower of the temple at Tiruvannaamalai, Lord Muruga saved him. From then on, he was cured of his disease, became a hermit, and b

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Annaswamy sastri

Posted on : 4/17/2014 12:44:36 PM

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Annaswaami Shaastree -Born July 3, 1899, he was a disciple and nephew (adopted son) of Subbaraya Sastri. He was born to Panju Shastri in Pettai in Tirunelveli District.

His disciples include Veena Dhanammal's mother Sundarammal. Compositions include the rare Inkevarunnaru (sahana), ninne kori (kambhoji), sri kamakshi (s

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Andavan Pichai

Posted on : 4/17/2014 12:44:36 PM

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AaNDavan Picchai - (1889-1990) A contemporary composer, she had no formal education but was able to compose in Tamil, Telugu, and Sanskrit. It is said that her talents were suddenly given to her by the Lord. Her compositions include padams, compositions and writings on Madurai, "He kamakshi" in yadukula kambhOji, as well as o

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Appayya Dikshitar

Posted on : 4/17/2014 12:44:36 PM

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Appaya Dikshitar - (1554-1626) He was a sage, saint, and scholar. He was born as Vinayaka Subramanya in Adayapalam, near Ami in the North Arcot district, to Rangarajudhwari. He had a younger brother, Acharya Dikshitar or Acchan Dikshitar. Appaya studied the holy scriptures under Guru Rama Kavi. Chinnabomma, Raja of Vellore, i

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Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar

Posted on : 4/17/2014 12:44:36 PM

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AriyakuDi Raamaanuja Aiyyangaar -(1890 - 1967) Simply known as AriyakuDi, he had his initial training under Pudukottai Malayappaier and later received intensive training from Namakkal Narasimha Iyengar and later from Ramanthapuram Shrinivasa Iyengar. He was an instant celebrity after he debuted at the Tyagaraja Aradhana in 19

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Adi Shankaracharya

Posted on : 4/17/2014 12:44:36 PM

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Shankaraacaarya - Also known as Aadi Shankara, this name refers to an original saint and his successors who are the spiritual leaders of Advaita philosophy in Hinduism. His grandfather Vidyaadhiraaja lived in the small village of Kaladi in Kerela, South India. His only son, Shivaguru, was inclined to asceticism and spirituali

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A S Panchapikesha Iyer

Posted on : 4/17/2014 12:44:36 PM

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A.S. PancaapakEsha Aiyyar - (born 1916) Panchapakesha Iyer is the younger brother of Alattur Shrinivasa Iyer, one of the two famous "Alattur Brothers." His musical training was naturally from his older brother and also from Mayavaram Rajam Iyer. He was attached to Kalakshetrain Adyar and provided vocal support for Rukmini Dev

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Andal

Posted on : 4/17/2014 12:44:36 PM

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AaNDaaL -(7th century A.D.) She was the only woman among the 12 Vaishnava (believers in Vishnu) Saints known as Aazhvaars. Her Tiruppaavai consists of 30 very devotional songs, regularly sung early in the morning during the Tamil month of Maargazhi (December-January) in Tamil NaaDu.

Also known as "SoodikkoDuta Naaciyaai

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Ambujam Velayudham

Posted on : 4/17/2014 12:44:36 PM

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Balamuralikrishna

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M. BaalamuraLikrishna -(born 1930) Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna is a child prodigy who received brief training in music from Parupalli Ramakrishniah Pantulu. He is a multi talented, self-made artist and composer. His debut was at Vijayawada at the Aradhana of his guru's guru. By the time his half-hour allotment was over the audie

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Bhadrachala Ramadasar

Posted on : 4/17/2014 12:44:36 PM

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Badraacala Raamadaas -Popularly known as Bhakta Raamadaas, he was born Gopanna to Linganna Mantri (a surname he kept as a result of one of his forebears being a minister at the court of a king) & Kadamba (sister of Madanna, a brahmin minister to TaniShah), in 1620 in Nelakondapalli, a small village in Khammam district, Andhra

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Bangalore Ramamurthi

Posted on : 4/17/2014 12:44:36 PM

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Bangalore Raamamoorti -



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