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Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavatar

A feature on the composer's Chamundeshwari kritis in connection with his birth anniversary on November 15.

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Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavatar

A feature on the composer's Chamundeshwari kritis in connection with his birth anniversary on November 15.

Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavatar was supposed to study the religious texts, but came to choose music instead. His contributions as a composer, harikatha artiste and as an overall personality in Carnatic music who wielded enormous influence, and wielded it well, have stood the test of time. He served as the asthana vidwan of the Mysore and Travancore courts, and also set up music schools in Madurai and Thiruvananthapuram. His varnams and tillanas are interesting and technically involved compositions. He composed about 400 pieces overall, including the Chamunda Ashtottarashata kritis on Goddess Chamundeshwari of Mysore. He composed this when he was Asthana vidwan of the court of Mysore. Muthiah Bhagavatar also introduced many new ragas to Carnatic music, among which ragas such as Mohanakalyani, Karnaranjani and Valaji have become well entrenched. This feature presents some of Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavatar's Chamunda Ashtottarashata kritis.

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