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Jayachamaraja Wodeyar

A feature on the king-composer of Mysore in connection with his birth anniversary on July 18.

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RJ: Srividya

Jayachamaraja Wodeyar

A feature on the king-composer of Mysore in connection with his birth anniversary on July 18.

Jayachamaraja Wodeyar was a rare individual - a king who was also an eminent musicologist and composer. He took lessons in Piano and Western Classical music and passed several examinations in western music conducted by the Trinity College. Jayachmaraja Wodeyar was an excellent piano player. He performed on the piano and gave lectures at venues in the United States and Europe. Wodeyar also learnt Carnatic vocal music from Mysore Vasudevacharya and veena from Veena Venkatagiriyappa for a short while.

Jayachamaraja Wodeyar, a Srividya Upasaka, composed 94 kritis in Sanskrit based on the style of Muthuswami Dikshitar. While not on specific shrines, some songs have references to Kanchipuram, Tiruvannamalai, Madurai, Sringeri, Gajaranyam, and so on. All his kritis incorporate several doctrines from Srividya Upasana, Shrichakram and Mantra Shastram. The Maharaja used the phrase "Srividya" as his vaggeyakara mudra in most of his compositions.

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