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Arunachala Kavirayar


Thursday, 1 January, 1711 to Friday, 31 December, 1779


Arunachala kavi, popularly known as Arunachala Kavirayar, was a poet and composer who contributed enormously to the evolution of carnatic music. 

Brief history: 

Born in Tanjavur district of Tamil Nadu, Arunachala mastered many languages including tamil, telugu and sanskrit. Arunachala Kavi studied at the dharmapuram mutt and mastered tamil granthas and aagamas. By the age of 18, he was a master in religious studies. He continued his studies till the age of 30 and then got married. 
Arunachala's literary skills impressed his friend Chidambaram Pillai so much that he requested Aruchala Kavi to settle down at sirkazhi thus earning him the title 'sirkazhi Arunachalakavirayar'.


Musical Journey: 

Arunachala Kavi composed rama natakam, a musical play based on the Ramayana. It was first staged at the Srirangam temple and became very popular. Arunachala Kavi was honoured by the King of Tanjore for this play. He has composed many compositions including Yaro Ivar Yaro (Bhairavi), Kanden Kanden Seethayai (vasantha).
His works include sirkazhi kovai, Hanumar Pillai Tamil, sirkazhi sthala puranam and Ajomukhi natakam. 

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