Irayimman Thampi


carnatic, composers, music

You might have heard this composition as an interlude between charanams in the song “Kulu Valley le” in the movie Muthu. Listen to KV Narayanaswamy singing omana thingal kidavu in raag Navroj. In the video, he also gives a brief about the simplicity of the lullaby and its lyrics. This song was composed as a lullaby for Maharaja Swati Tirunal.

April 22, 2017

Harikesanallur Muthiah Bagavathar


carnatic, composers, music

Harikesanallur Muthiah Bagavathar (1877 – 1945) was a 20th century carnatic music composer, and a ra’ga creator. Let us call him HMB for ease from now on. HMB learnt from Padinaindumandapa Sambasiva Iyer for 9 years and made his name as a Harikata Vidhwan. (harikatha is an art of story telling infused with music) He was also adept […]

April 19, 2017

GN Balasubramaniam


carnatic, composers, music

Gudalur Narayanaswamy Balasubramaniam (1910 – 1965), popularly known as GNB, was a vocalist in the Carnatic tradition. He did diploma in music with Madras University (first batch) where Tiger Varachari was the principal. He gave his first concert in 1928. He was also a tamizh movie actor and performer, but we are concerned about the […]

April 19, 2017

my ‘F’ather, Devanathan


carnatic, composers, music

I’m not sure if everyone will accept my choice of composer with F – I am going to write about my Father, Sri S. Devanathan. Appa is mostly a self – learnt musician, through concerts and cassettes. There were times when his rendition of songs would be exactly like Maharajapuram Santhanam, his maanaseega guru. He has […]

April 7, 2017

ES Sankaranarayana Iyer


carnatic, composers, music

Kallidaikurichi Dr. ES Sankaranarayana Iyer (1881 – 1947) was a medicine man and a carnatic music composer. A large part of propagating his works was done by the Maragatham Sankaranarayana Trust. They conducted annual concerts of exclusive ESS Iyer compositions by various eminent musicians. The recordings are held by the trust and you can contact and them here. When […]

April 7, 2017

Dharmapuri Subbarayar


carnatic, composers, music

I took the liberty of choosing Dharmapuri Javali Subbarayar for the letter D (his mudra was Dharmapuri after all!). He was a composer of the 19th century. His name has been prefixed with Javali (which has sringaara themes, is fast paced and used in dance performances), as most of his compositions were of this type. Works Subbarayar composed […]

April 5, 2017

Chowdiah


carnatic, composers, music

Tirumakudalu Chowdiah (1895 – 1967) was a Carnatic classical violinist and he has also composed a handful of songs. He was of Kannada origin and thus his compositions were in Kannada. He was home schooled by his violinist uncle initially and then he learnt from Sri Bidaram Krishnappa. Chowdiah devised a unique method of enhancing […]

April 4, 2017

Balamurali Krishna


carnatic, composers, music

Carnatic musician, violinist, veena player, playback singer, actor Mangalampalli Balamurali Krishna (1930 – 2016) is a multi-faceted genius, but this post is only about the composer in him. The young Balamurali Krishna started his music training under his father Pattabiramayya. Then he went to learn from Parupalli Ramakrishna Pantulu and took music full time from […]

April 3, 2017

Theme Reveal – A to Z 2017


carnatic, CBC, composers, music

To those who don’t know the significance of yesterday’s post on Ambi Dikshitar, yes, it is the start of a series of posts, for which I am doing the ‘theme reveal’ below. The last few years I have been watching my fellow CBC blogger friends do the AtoZchallenge in various interesting themes. Though I have […]

April 2, 2017

Ambi Dikshitar


carnatic, composers, music

Muthuswamy Dikshitar’s adopted son, Subbarama Dikshitar named his son also as Muthuswamy Dikshitar, after his father and revered composer. The kid later came to be popularly known as Ambi Dikshitar (1863-1936), in the same lineage. Works Ambi predominantly helped propagate his grandfather’s songs during his stay in as court musician in Ettayapuram and later when […]

April 1, 2017