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Subbarama Dikshitar

Subbarama Dikshitar (1839-1906) was an immediate scion and successor of the great composer Sri Muttuswami Dikshitar. His Sangita Sampradaya Pradarshini preserved the music of the golden age of Carnatic music. This book is in two volumes, and extends to about 1700 pages. It comprises 76 biographies of persons noteworthy in the history of music from the times of Sarangadeva to those of Subbarama Dikshitar himself. Subbarama Dikshitar underwent intensive training under Baluswami Dikshitar in music and became a composer by the age of 17 and the chief Asthana Vidvan, in succession to Baluswami Dikshitar in his nineteenth year. While maintaining the high style of Muttuswami Dikshitar, he displayed greater versatility and produced in addition to kritis, many varnas, svarajatis and ragamalikas all studded with svarakshara beauties. Subbarama Dikshitar also set to music, the Valli-Bharatam, a Tamil composition by Kadigai Namassivaya Pulavar of the Ettayapuram Court.

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