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Famous Carnatic Composers - NS
Neelakaanta Shivan - (1839-1900)
Sangita Kalanidhis Musiri Subramania Ayyar and Semmangudi Dr.R.Srinivasa Ayyar chose the best of the pieces of Nilakanta Sivan:
Born at Padmanabhapuram in Kanyakumari district, called 'Subramanya' in younger days, Nilakanta Sivan was a precocious child whose sharp intellect and composing talents were noticeable early. he led bhajan ghoshtis (parties) and for fifteen years was a village magistrate. he resigned when he was asked to cook up evidence in a case. His agonising reaction is reflected in the song 'Ennavidam Pizhaipom' - (Mukhari), wherin he laments:
He had no practical training in music. Mysticism and erudition innate in him probably got released after his contacts with Kodaganallur Sundaraswamigal. He was giving musical discourses also.
The rulers of Travancore and Cochin and the Rajahs of Ramnad and Pudukottai honoured him. like Muthuswami Dikshitar, he is credited with bringing rains by invoking God. he anticipated his death and breathed his last at Trivandrum amidst bhajans. Sangita Kalanidhi Papanasam Sivan was his disciple and no wonder the two Sivans have been beacon-lights in Carnatic music with their immortal compositions in Tamil which have been the delight of the musician and the music-lover.
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