Tag: Muthuswami Dikshitar
For #GaneshChaturthi – the Sodasa Ganapathy Kriti-s of Dikshitar
Each Vinayaka Chaturthi the mind automatically turns to the kriti Siddhi Vinayakam (Chamaram/Rupakam). Owing to the reference to worship on the fourth day of the month of Bhadrapada, this song has come to define the festival. In his biography of Muthuswami Dikshitar (National Book Trust, 1968), TL Venkatarama Aiyar cites it as an instance of…
TL Venkatarama Iyer – a life in music
There have been many lawyers and judges who have taken an active interest in Carnatic Music. A few performers and music scholars have qualified in law as well. But in the history of Carnatic Music there has been only one Judge of the Supreme Court of India, who was a singer, a scholar, a music…
Muthuswami Dikshitar – some thoughts
The youngest of the famed Carnatic trinity is a personality that continues to intrigue, enthral, educate and amaze, so many years after his passing. Born in 1775/1776 and having passed away in 1835, he took his time to come into the limelight. But beginning with the 1960s, there was a rediscovery of sorts of Muthuswami…
Iyermalai Ratnachaleswarar Temple
The second in my three-part series on Shiva temples on the Akhanda Cauvery focuses on Thiruvatpokki.
Kadambavaneswarar Temple, Kulithalai
Kadambavaneswarar Temple, Kulithalai – did you know the place takes its name from Kuzhi Thandalai – the grove in a depression? Read on for more details on this historic temple.
Shiva Temples along the Akhanda Cauvery – virtual tour
Watch the three episodes featuring Shiva temples along the Akhanda Cauvery on my YouTube channel
Songs on Kanchi Varadaraja #AtthiVaradar
Looking at some songs on Varadarajaswami of Kanchi
Manali House – A Lost Landmark of Chennai
I took the accompanying photograph with a digital camera sometime in 1997. I was not so aware of heritage or the necessity for preservation then and much regret that ignorance today. Had I been better informed, I would have braved the risk of the building falling on me and taken some more photographs. As can…
The Sanskrit Influences on Muthuswami Dikshitar’s Lyrics
Sanskrit Influences on Muthuswami Dikshitar’s Lyrics, A Talk When we think of Sanskrit compositions in Carnatic Music, the first person who comes to mind in Muthuswami Dikshitar. Much has been written and spoken about his life and his songs. A not so well-explored area is the corpus of works in Sanskrit that may have influenced…
Tirunelveli and Music Patronage
An article that looks at some of the rich Carnatic music heritage in Tirunelveli.
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