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Famous Carnatic Composers - KI


KOTeeshwara Aiyyar - (January 1870-October 21, 1936) An eminent composer in Tamil, Kotiswara Ayyar was a grandson of the great scholar and composer, Kavi Kunjara Bharati (1810-1896), who authored the Skanda Purana kirthanas, Azhagar Kuravanji and several kirtanas. Bharati was a prolific composer and in Kotiswara Ayyar one sees a worthy and capable successor in the family. His father, Naganatha Ayyar of Nandanur near Elayangudi, the sacred place of Saint Maranar, was also a scholar and composer. Music is the life-line of the family and the popular singer of devotional songs, K.Veeramani is a grandson of Kotiswara Ayyar.

Kotiswara studied at Manamadurai, Tiruchirapalli and Madras. Initially, he was in the Criminal Intelligence Department and later transalator in the High Court, Madras. On the musical side, he studied under the stalwarts, Poochi (Ramnad) Srinivasa Ayyangar and Patnam Subramania Ayyar. There was thus a parallel line of activity throughout - as NMN writes - 'one for livelihood and the other for life's ruling passion'.

Kotiswara Ayyar has composed about two hundred pieces. His seventy-two melakarta kirtanas are a great contribution carving out for him a place among great composers. Has composed varnams in Tamil in the ragas Saveri, Danyasi, Bilahari, etc. His signature is 'Kavi Kunjara Dasan', probably as a tribute to his maternal grandfather. His compositions are philosophical and his 'Kanda Gnanamudham' is a valuable work. He has published the works of Kavi Kunjara Bharati also. For his mastery in Todi raga, he was called 'Todi Koti'. He has sung in praise of Sri Tyagaraja in his 'Ininamakkoru kavalaiyumillai' - meaning henceforth we have no need for any worry.'

A saintly soul and a great composer, his compositions are in popular use like 'Velava Va' (Kiravani).

Mudra: Kunjaradaasa

Compositions:

  1. aaLalaagaadaa - haaTakaambari
  2. ambOruha paadamE - naTabhairavi
  3. anaatharakshhaka - jhaalavaraaLi
  4. anbon annaiyE - shree
  5. anjaadE nenjamE - paavani
  6. antaranga bhakti - shhadvidamaargini
  7. appaa murugayyanE - divyamaNi
  8. appanE - tODi
  9. aruL paarayyaa - bilahari
  10. aruL seyya vENDum - rasikapriyaa
  11. aruLvaay - kharaharapriyaa
  12. ayyanE ATkoL - kAmbhOji
  13. daasa nEsha guhEshanE - vanaspati
  14. danti maamukha - naaTTai
  15. Edayyaa gati - calanaaTTai
  16. Edum ariyEnE - sahaanaa
  17. eeshan kanaka sabhEshan - bEgaDa
  18. En manamE - naamanaaraayaNi
  19. enai aaLayyaa - shankaraabharaNam
  20. gaanaamuda paanam - jyOtiswaroopini
  21. gaanaamudam - saalagam
  22. geetaamudamE - madyamaavati
  23. ghananaya - rishhabhapriyaa
  24. iha para sukham - suvarnaangi
  25. ihamE sukham - gamanashramaa
  26. ihapara sukhadaayaka - vaacaspati
  27. ini namakkoru - bilahari
  28. irangaadaa saaminaathaa - naaTakapriyaa
  29. Ishan kanakasabEshan - bEgaDa
  30. kaa guhaa - koshalam
  31. kaa murugayyaa - kaamavardhini
  32. kaaNa kaN kOTi - cakravaakam
  33. kaaruNya kanda - dhavalaambari
  34. kaikkooDa - lataangi
  35. kalangaadE manamE - raagavardhani
  36. kali teera - hanumatODi
  37. kaN paarayyaa - kharaharapriyaa
  38. kanaka mayoora - jalaarnavam
  39. kanakaangakaa - kanakaangi
  40. kanakavEla - shree raagam
  41. kandaa bhakta - dharmaavati
  42. kandaa karpaka - shyaamaLaangi
  43. kanjam konjam - sooryakaantam
  44. karuNai kaDalE - dhEnukaa
  45. krpai paarayyaa - dhanyaasi
  46. maa madhura - gaanamoorti
  47. maalaaginEn vElavaa - maararanjani
  48. maanE mOham (varNam) - saavEri
  49. mahaa gaNapatE - kaanaDaa
  50. malaiyaadE manamE - sarasaangi
  51. manadE maravaadE - hEmaavati
  52. maravaadiru manamE - kEdaaram
  53. mOhanakara mutukumara - neetimati
  54. mOna jnaana - gowLa
  55. naada nilai - gaayakapriyaa
  56. naada tatva - bEgaDa
  57. naadaanu santaana - vaagadeeshwari
  58. naadasukham tarum - kaantaamaNi
  59. naaLaagudE - roopavati
  60. naan en seivEn - maayamaaLava gowLa
  61. naayEn unaiyE - naaganandini
  62. nambinEn ayyaa - vakulaabharaNam
  63. nee taan appaa - caarukEshi
  64. neeyE gati en taayE - harikaambhOji
  65. nija bhakti - maanavati
  66. ninai manamE nee - gangayabhooshhani
  67. paaraai aruL - gowri manOhari
  68. paraamukham adEnO - shoolini
  69. paramaananda - vishvaambari
  70. raamaa ravikulasOmaa - bhairavi
  71. ranjita kavi - sudda saavEri
  72. saamagaanalOla - citraambari
  73. saamee deekshitaa - dEva manOhari
  74. saamee idE - navaneetam
  75. saamee sadaa - raamapriyaa
  76. saami idE - kEdaara gowLa
  77. saami neeyE gati (varNam) - kEdaara gowLa
  78. sadaananda bhakti - raghupriyaa
  79. sadaanandamE - kalyaaNi
  80. sen tiru vElan - bhaavapriyaa
  81. shambhO sadaashiva - yaagapriyaa
  82. shambhO shankara - kalyaaNi
  83. sharavaNabhavA - bilahari
  84. shree vENugOpaala - darbaar
  85. shrngaara kumaara - varuNapriyaa
  86. sukha vaazhvaDaindu - kOkilapriyaa
  87. sukhakara - dhaatuvardhani
  88. sukhamE sukham - shhanmugapriyaa
  89. taa taa nin paadam - aThaaNaa
  90. tandaruL ayyaa - naasikabhooshhaNi
  91. taruNam idE dayaanidhE - ratnaangi
  92. taruvE ninnaruL - varaaLi
  93. tingaL maavadanam - shuruTTi
  94. uLam ariyaadaa - shree ranjani
  95. unnai allaal - simhEndra madhyamam
  96. vaa sharavaNabhavaa - bilahari
  97. vaa vElavaa - taanaroopi
  98. vaaraNa mukhavaa - hamsadwani
  99. vaavaa shikhivaahana - naaTTai
  100. vandaruL nee taa - sEnaavati
  101. varam taarum - jhankaaradhwani
  102. varavENum - shankaraabharaNam
  103. varavENum (varNam) - dhanyaasi
  104. vElanE vErE - shubhapantuvaraaLi
  105. vElava vaavaa - aarabi
  106. vElavaa vinai - keeravaaNi
  107. vElayyaa - saavEri
  108. vElu mayilumE - sucaritra
  109. viraivaagavE - ghavaambhodi


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