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Koteeswara Iyer

An important 20th century composer, best known for Kanda Gaanaamudam.

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Koteeswara Iyer

An important 20th century composer, best known for Kanda Gaanaamudam.

Koteeswara Iyer was the first to compose songs in Tamil in all the Melakarta ragas. The songs are dedicated to his family deity, Muruga, and hence the compendium's title ‘Kanda Ganamudam'. Koteeswara Iyer had the highest regard for Dikshitar and Tyagaraja and has composed songs on both of them. He adopted the compositional method of both Tyagaraja and Dikshitar. Like Tyagaraja kritis, his songs have simple structures and also have many sangatis. But like Dikshitar, his songs also have chittaswaras, raga and vaggeyakara mudras.

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