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


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

Romantic Ragas

carnatic, CBC, film music, music, Opinions

I believe that ragas elicit certain emotions in you when you listen to them and each one has one emotional trait that is predominant. I am not well read when it comes to carnatic music theory, hence here is the disclaimer that whatever I write below is exclusively what I think from my experience. For […]

February 18, 2017

The Inner Self Awakened

carnatic, music, rock

Inner Self is the English word for Agam, which is also the name of a carnatic rock fusion band based our of Bengaluru. And ‘the inner self awakens’ is the name of the band’s first album. A few years ago, when I was sitting at home on a sick leave day, browsing Facebook, a friend had […]

December 11, 2016