Composers and Musicians

K.C. Kesva Pillai (1868-1913)
K.C. Kesva Pillai
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Born to Raman Pillai (Valiya Velichathu Veettil) and Lakshmi Amma (Kothethu Veettil), K.C. Kesava Pillai is famous for popularing a musical drama by the name ‘Sadarama’. He hails from Paravoor. His other famous works are Kesaveeyam, Aasanna Marana Chintha, Shathakam, Sreekrishna Vijayam, Lakshmi Kalyanam, Raghava Maadhavam, Vikramorvaseeyam and Subhaashitha Ratnakaran. He was conferred the title of ‘Sarasa Gaayaka Kavi Mani” by Kerala Varma Valiya Koyil Thampuran
He was also an accomplished musician. In addition to the songs in Sadarama, Sri. K. C. Kesava pillai composed about 100 Keerthanas in both Sanskrit and Manipravalam. In addition to keerthanas of Hindu dieties, as per suggestion of Kandathil Varghese Mappila, he composed Iswara Stotras which could be sung by people from various religions, since it refers to only an abstract concept of god. He also published a book title “Sangitha Maalika” in 1903. His compostion have been published as “Sthava Ratnavali “ and “Sangitha Manjari”. His compostion in kaapi, “Maaya Gopa Baala” is popular in concerts in Kerala today. Many other gems remain to be unearthed

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