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Famous Carnatic Composers - OV
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OotukkaaDu VenkaTa Kavi - Also known as OotukkaaDu VenkaTasubbaiyar, though he preferred this title. Very little is known about this composer. He was born in about the year 1700 in Needamangalam to Muthukrishna Iyer. One of his descendants was Needamangalam Krishnamurthi Bhagavathar. His gurus were Needamangalam Rajah Bhagavathar and he founded the Rudrapasupathi Pillai sishya parampara. He composed many kritis in Sanskrit and Tamil, mainly on Lord Krishna. His songs were known to often exclude the name of the deity in favor of description. He died in 1765 in his hometown, Needamangalam. For more about this composer, please see Chitravina N. Ravikiran's article here.