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Tribute to divine composers

Kudos to the Chennai Fine Arts and its founder, auditor, Muralidharan who year after year, conducts a feature on rare composers, with admirable, incisive lecture demonstrations and exclusive concerts and with events co-sponsored by Ministry of Culture, New Delhi. 

Published: 28th January 2014 07:27 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th January 2014 07:27 AM   |  A+A-

Kudos to the Chennai Fine Arts and its founder, auditor, Muralidharan who year after year, conducts a feature on rare composers, with admirable, incisive lecture demonstrations and exclusive concerts and with events co-sponsored by Ministry of Culture, New Delhi. 

The activities of Chennai Arts are too many to be listed. Focusing on service to music and service through music, CFA publishes many valuable books on music. Few of them being—Isai Alaigal 1008 dealing with Melakartha Ragas, Paalai Azhi that has around 3,000 ragas and their scales, Murali Madhuri which a study of Dr Balamuralikrishna’s compositions. This apart, they conduct free music workshops at Puducherry to take music to the Children in the rural areas.

CFA celebrated its 10th anniversary this year with an event titled ‘Divine Composers’, dedicated to the memory of late Prof T R Subramaniam. He was known for his masterly rendition of Ragam, Thanam, Pallavi and was known as a musician with uncommon traits who was a treat to hear. The event had various musicians on different days.

The Vaggeyakara Vaibhavam, held this year featured great musicians of their times. Veena Seshanna, who is the descendant of Paccimiriyam Aadiyappaya, an adept at playing other instruments other than his favourite instrument veena, who brought music from the King’s Court and the rich man’s mansion to the doorsteps of the common man.

Bhadrachala Ramadas, who, besides devotional keerthanas also wrote unique 108 poems dedicated to Lord Rama, known as Dasarathi Shaktakamu.

Mannargudi Sambasiva Bhagavathar, a musician, musicologist, Harikatha exponent and a composer who has composed more than 3,000 songs in many languages for Harikatha Nirupanam.

Annamacharya believed to be the reincarnation of the precious sword of Lord Mahavishnu, also known as Pada Kavitha Pithamaha, who composed as many as 36,000 songs on Lord Venkateswara as floral offerings to the Lord and in the later keerthanas he espoused subjects such as morality, dharma and righteousness.

Tadepalli Subramania Shastri, whose divinely musical presentation also includes 1,000 krithis on Lalitha Parameswari, corresponding to her 1,000 names as ragas. He also authored Skumara Geetha Sravanthi, a collection of 22 sequences of classical carnatic music.

Arunachala Kavi, a well known Tamil composer amongst the Tamil Trinity, Arunachala Kavi, Muthuthandavar and Marimutha Pillai, who contributed to the evolution of Carnatic music. His magnum opus, a musical drama based on Ramayana, the popular Rama Natakam is a collection worth treasuring.

Manambuchavadi Venkatasubbaiah, a great exponent of extemporaneous singing and famous for elaboration of ragas. The fact that the well known composers and musicians of merit, Mahavaidyanatha Iyer, Pattinam Subramania Iyer, Saraba Shastri, Thyagaraja, (grandson of Saint Thyagaraja) and Fiddle Venkoba Rao were his students, reveal the greatness of the composer and the unique place this composer holds in the history of Carnatic music.

Certainly, this festival of ‘Divine Composers’ dedicated to vocal maestro, late T R Subramaniam, was a tribute to this Vaggeyakara, who was born with music and lived for music.



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